On Friday, 3/30/18, at approximately 8 pm, Columbia Police officers were dispatched to the area of the 100 block of South Second Street in Columbia for a report of a sexual assault that just occurred. A resident in the area contacted 911 and reported that a teenage female approached her and claimed that she'd just been sexually assaulted near the area. Patrol officers responded to the area but were unable to locate the teenage female or confirm that an assault occurred. The 911 caller directed responding officers to a male who was seen leaving the area on foot. Patrol officers spoke with the male who provided his name and age as Edwin Davis, 43. Davis was not detained.
Shortly after 10:30 pm, Columbia Police officers were dispatched to the 200 block of South Fourth Street for a report of sex offenses. The 911 caller stated that earlier in the evening, her sister was sexually assaulted and the male who committed the sexual assault was currently outside of her home. As officers responded to speak with the 911 caller, additional officers attempted to locate the suspect male based upon information provided by the 911 caller. Edwin Davis was located walking in close proximity to the 911 caller's home and was detained. After being positively identified, Davis was placed under arrest. Police learned that the earlier incident from the 100 block of South Second involved the sister of the 911 caller from South Fourth Street. During the response, officers also learned that the victim of the sexual assault was at local hospital. Columbia Police responded to the hospital and made contact with the victim and her mother.
The Columbia Police Department and the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office coordinated the investigation following Davis's arrest. On Saturday, 3/31/18, Edwin Davis, 43, was arraigned on the following charges that were filed by Detective Matt Leddy: Rape; Statutory Sexual Assault, Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, Unlawful Contact with Minor, Aggravated Indecent Assault, Corruption of Minor, and Indecent Assault. Davis was committed to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $500,000 cash bail.
This investigation is ongoing. The Columbia Police Department wishes to remind media personnel that due to the sensitive nature and ongoing status of this investigation, restraint will be exercised with regard to the release of information. Requests for information can be directed to the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office.
Arrest Date:Wednesday, April 11, 2018