Police arrest two men in separate rape cases

Wednesday, November 24, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 7:51 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Police interrupted an apparent sexual assault Monday night in the 200 block of Hitt Street, according to a release from the Columbia Police Department.

A 20-year-old woman was treated and released from an area hospital, according to the press release.

The incident was the second reported forcible rape in a week.

Teddy Joseph Jensen, 65, of Columbia was arrested on suspicion of forcible rape at 11:10 p.m. at the scene after officers stormed into a residence where they heard crying and what sounded like a disturbance inside, the release said.

The woman had met the suspect for the first time earlier that evening downtown near Ninth Street, and after they went to her home to watch a movie, the suspect gave her intoxicants, then raped her, the release said.

Jensen was being held Tuesday night in the Boone County Jail on $200,000 bond.

In a Thursday incident, Christopher A. Coleman, 31, also was arrested on suspicion of forcible rape. Coleman was also being held at the Boone County Jail on $200,000 bond Tuesday night.

On Thursday, a 23-year-old woman left a bar with the suspect, who offered a ride to a friend’s house, a release from the Police Department said. He told her he had to stop at his house, but when they arrived, the woman saw the dwelling was under construction and vacant, the release said.

The woman escaped but found the neighboring homes were also vacant and under construction; the suspect caught her and forced her back into the residence where he raped her, according to the release.

After being called to an area hospital where the woman was being treated, police found the residence in the 2600 block of Dewey Lane where the woman said the incident occurred and learned that it was being built for Coleman, according to the release.

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