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City Police Chief Jason Cross investigating assault in local park
Student had stopped to sit by Town Creek when a stalker grabbed her from behind and attempted to drag her into wooded area. Victim fought back and was eventually able to break free and call for help. Columbia Police are investigating and have issued a checklist to follow to prevent becoming a victim
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By Ofc Josh Brockman, Public Information Officer
Columbia Police Department, Jason Cross, Chief
Chief Jason Cross, Columbia Police Department is investigating an assault in local park. On Friday, September 17, 2016, at 7:32pmCT, Columbia Police Officers were dispatched to a local park adjacent to the campus of Lindsey Wilson College off of North Reed Street where they met with a 20 year old female.
The female, who is a student at the college, will remain unnamed. According to statements from the victim she had been walking in the local park and had stopped to sit by the town creek. She then stated that an unknown white male grabbed her from behind and threw dirt and debris into her eyes. She stated perpetrator then attempted to drag her toward a wooded area.
The victim struggled with the perpetrator striking him multiple times with her hands and feet. She was eventually able to break free and call for help as the perpetrator fled on foot back into a wooded area. The victim suffered abrasions to her legs, hands, and her forehead.
Due to the debris being thrown into her eyes and it being dark, the only description provided to the police was possibly a mid to late 30's white male with blond or white hair.
Officers have canvassed the area searching the woods for any evidence that might have been dropped or left. Currently CPD officers and conducting interviews with residents in the area to see if they had observed anything in the area unusual or anybody hanging out in area that evening. The case remains under active investigation by Ofc Drew Conn and Ofc Jordan Dean .
Columbia Police would like to offer this 10 Point Safety Checklist for walking, especially at night, and not be a victim.
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