Update: Attempted Criminal Sexual Conduct Suspect Arrested

By January 24, 2019 Press Releases

Investigators with the Columbia Police Department’s (CPD) Special Victim’s Unit are working with Georgia law enforcement regarding the extradition of an attempted criminal sexual conduct suspect wanted for an alleged crime in Columbia.

Joe Nathan Fripp (DOB: August 1970) was arrested yesterday in Dekalb County Police Department on unrelated charges. Fripp is currently housed at the Deklab County Detention Center.

Fripp was wanted by CPD for an alleged crime that occurred at 1003 Elmwood Avenue on November 3, 2018.

Once Fripp is transported to Columbia, he will be charged with Attempted Criminal Sexual Conduct – First Degree, Assault, and Battery – First Degree, Kidnapping, and Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Violent Crime.

| Fripp is accused of repeatedly punching a 62-year-old female victim in the face during the attempted criminal sexual conduct.

During the incident, Fripp is also accused of threatening the victim with a knife if she didn’t comply with his demands. Fripp allegedly wouldn’t allow her to leave the immediate area.

Initially, a security officer who was walking in the area told officers that he heard a female in distress. When he investigated, he found the partially dressed victim and the suspect choking her.

When the security officer tried to intervene, the suspect ran away. EMS was then called to render aid to the victim who subsequently received extensive injuries.

All persons arrested/charged are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.