Woman Assaulted Near Hospital

Assault reported near Women's and Children's Wed. morning

The University of Missouri Police Department is investigating an assault Wednesday afternoon near the Women's and Children's Hospital. Around 1:30 p.m., officers were called to the hospital on North Keene Street for a possible assault. The female victim told police just before 7 a.m., she was walking toward the building when a man approached her from behind, grabbed her wrist, and pressed a hard object against her torso. The victim then used pepper spray against the suspect and he began to flee to the south. The suspect is described as a dark-skinned black male, around 5 feet 8 inches tall, stocky build, and wearing dark clothing. MUPD and the Columbia Police Department continue to investigate.

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