Columbia Police Department officers are searching for a male suspect accused of criminal sexual conduct against a 21-year-old female.
Investigators with the Special Victims Unit (SVU) have active arrest warrants for 28-year-old John Forrest Washington Junior. He’s accused of forcing his way into the victim’s Pelham Drive home on October 1, 2021, making threats while armed with a sharp object and sexually assaulting her. The arrest warrants have been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database.
** Washington should be considered armed and dangerous **
Once located and arrested, Washington will be charged with Burglary – First Degree, Kidnapping, Assault and Battery – First Degree, Criminal Sexual Conduct – First Degree and Grand Larceny of a Motor Vehicle.
During the incident, the victim also suffered a non-life threatening laceration to her hand. After the crime, suspect Washington left the scene after stealing the victim’s black 2015 Nissan Altima. The victim was treated by medical staff at a local hospital.
Police Chief W.H. ‘Skip” Holbrook encourages citizens with information about the incident to contact CRIMESTOPPERS in any of the following ways: CALL toll-free, 888-CRIME-SC. LOG onto: www.midlandscrimestoppers.com, and click on the red “Submit a tip” tab. DOWNLOAD the new P3 Tips App for Apple or Android devices.