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      Officials search for man who held woman at gunpoint for sexual act

      Sexual assault suspet wanted

      COLUMBIA (WACH)--Officers are searching for a man accused of forcing a woman at gunpoint to perform a sexual act on him.

      The victim tells the Columbia Police Department that the man asked her several times to get in his car as she walked along the 5900 block of Main Street shortly after 5am on August 17, 2013.

      The victim adds that after she repeatedly told him no, she agreed to get in the car when the suspect drove to 4800 block of Muir Street.

      The suspect allegedly held a gun to her head and forced her to perform sexual acts on him.

      The victim managed to get out of the car after the telling the suspect that she was about to get physically sick. The victim then escaped and hid until seeing the man drive away. The victim then called 911.

      The suspect is described as being a thin, black male possibly between 40 and 50 years old with an extremely dark complexion, an oval-shaped face and a bald head with ears that â??stick outâ??. The victim adds the suspect appears to have some kind of scarring of his cheeks, possibly from acne, and several of his top teeth had gold crowns.

      The suspect was last seen wearing a navy blue shirt with a yellow â??crest-like shieldâ?? emblem or symbol with light colored blue jeans and possibly boots.

      The suspectâ??s car is described as a newer model red sedan.

      The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.

      Interim Police Chief Santiago encourages citizens with information about this incident to call, text, or submit online their anonymous tip to Crimestoppers by calling 888-CRIME-SC, texting CRIMES(274637) â??TIP SCâ?? along with the tip information, or logging on to and clicking on the â??Submit a tipâ?? tab.