Sketch, details released in Columbia County rape

Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 1:44 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 11:27 p.m.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has released a composite drawing of the suspect in a sexual battery in early January.

Investigators said the crime occurred Jan. 2 between 1:30 a.m. and 2:40 a.m. The victim told deputies that the man picked her up on U.S. 441 just north of Club Rodeo in Lake City, then drove her to an unknown location on a graded road, where she was sexually battered.

The victim was able to provide investigators with several details about the man and his truck.

The suspect was described as a white male in his early to mid-40s with brown hair that had been gelled and combed forward over his forehead. He had a mustache, a goatee and a heavy build. He was wearing khaki shorts, a dark pullover polo shirt and sandals.

The man was driving a late model, full-size, Dodge pickup that was black or dark blue with gray or white pinstripes on the sides. There was a diamond-plated toolbox in the truck bed.

The truck had an extended or quad cab and a bench front seat with a center console that could be lifted up to create space for a third person to sit. The seats may have been covered in gray fabric.

The windows were not tinted and the back window was a solid window that did not slide open. There was a sticker or decal about four inches wide on the driver’s side of the rear window that may have included the image of a fish.

Anyone with information about the crime, the truck or the man is asked to contact Detective Katina Dicks at 386-752-7015. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers of Columbia County at 386-754-7099.

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