Columbia Police officers have arrested two men after an overnight home burglary and theft investigation on Greene Street; one suspect is accused of trying to sexually assault the female victim.
As a result, Perry Edmonds, Junior (DOB: 7-6-1990) is charged with Assault with Intent to Commit Criminal Sexual Conduct, Kidnapping, Burglary – First Degree, and Grand Larceny.
Edmonds was arrested overnight at the crime scene while Demetris McLemore (DOB: 11-30-1983) who is charged with Burglary – First Degree and Grand Larceny was detained on Pickens Street by officers with the University of South Carolina (USC) Division of Law Enforcement and Safety.
During the arrest, officers discovered that McLemore had the victim’s stolen electronics in a book bag.
Investigators believe the pair broke into an apartment at 1600 Greene Street shortly before 2:00 a.m. through an unlocked door and stole laptops.
A 22-year-old female victim tells CPD officers that she heard a commotion in the home and saw Edmonds. He is accused of forcing the victim into another room and attempting to sexual assault her. The victim defended herself by kicking the suspect and yelling for help.
Two other people who were inside a different room at the apartment heard the distressed female and called 9-1-1.
When CPD officers arrived on scene, they found Edmonds still inside of the apartment and the victim with physical injuries to her face and neck.
Officers detained Edmonds who was arrested and taken to CPD’s Bluff Road Police Annex for questioning before going to jail.
The victim went to a local hospital by EMS and has since been treated and released.
Chief Holbrook says, “I met a remarkably courageous young lady today – and after meeting her family, I certainly understand where she draws her strength and fortitude.”
At last check, both suspects were still housed at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center (ASGDC).
All persons arrested/charged are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.