Columbia Police Office wants man for rape
Man tried to rape woman on Monday
COLUMBIA — A young man is wanted by the Columbia Police Office for a rape.
Jennifer Timmons, the spokeswoman for the Columbia Police Office, said the man and the woman in this case agreed to meet each other around 1:30 on Monday, March 30 at GREGG ST.
Deputies said when they man arrived he took the victim’s car keys and drove her around town before forcing her at gunpoint to a secluded area where the alleged rape occurred.
The victim told deputies that the suspect drove off with her car, which was recovered hours later. The suspect has been described as an African-American man between 20 and 30 years old, approximately 6 feet 4 inches in height and weighing 300 pounds.
If you have any information about this case, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
Car dealership owner faces sexual assault charges
RALEIGH — A used car dealership owner is facing numerous sexual assault charges.
On February 27, the suspect surrendered to the Raleigh Police Office on two charges of misdemeanor sexual battery after two customers, a man, 22, and a woman, 32, reported Lynn had touched them while they shopped at his dealership.
RPO deputies said the media coverage of his arrest prompted five additional victims to come forward.
So, once again, the suspect surrendered to deputies on March 13 for similar charges, including sexual battery, assault and solicitation for prostitution after all of victims came forward.
“There were approaches that went beyond inappropriate touching and became illegal acts,” said Raleigh Police Office spokesman Jim Sughrue last month. “The victims were touched inappropriately, illegally, and there were inappropriate offers or suggestions made.”
In all, police believe there are ten victims.
Thomas Jefferson Lynn, 63, was arrested today at Freedom Auto Sales, formerly known as Wolfpack Auto Sales, at 3020 HILLSBOROUGH ST and charged with second-degree rape, second-degree sexual offense and first-degree kidnapping in addition to the aforementioned charges.