Columbia Police Department (CPD) officers have charged a 21-year-old female in connection with an isolated assault investigation that occurred in North Columbia yesterday afternoon.
Shanique N. Branham is housed at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center (ASGDC) charged with Assault and Battery – First Degree and Burglary – First Degree. (An updated booking photograph of the suspect is not currently available.)
Branham is accused of unlawfully going inside the 21-year-old female victim’s home at the Colony Apartments and repeatedly assaulting her.
Multiple people captured the crime on cell phones and shared the video on social media. Moments before the crime, the victim was seen holding a baby. The child was removed from the victim’s arms before the assault happened. There is also an allegation that the victim’s vehicle parked outside was vandalized.
CPD is continuing to investigate those incidents and additional arrests are pending.
All persons arrested/charged are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.