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Columbus Police looking for vehicle possibly connected to reported sexual assault

Investigators said the vehicle is a newer model, white 4-door sedan which appears to be missing a hubcap on the driver’s side rear wheel. (WSYX/WTTE)

Columbus Police need the public’s help locating a car possibly involved in a sexual assault.

In a press release sent out from police on Monday, the reported crime happened on Saturday December 9th at 1:30 AM in the area of West Lane Avenue and North High Street, near the Ohio State University campus.

Authorities said a female student from OSU entered a vehicle she believed was from a ride share service. That student is said to have later escaped and flagged down a Columbus Police cruiser.

Investigators said the vehicle is a newer model, white 4-door sedan which appears to be missing a hubcap on the driver’s side rear wheel. The driver is described as an Asian male between 23 and 27 years of age. 6 feet tall, thin build, black hair with a spiked crew cut.

Students in the area said the incident is alarming.

"It's sad that people have to be so careful with something like a ride-sharing app where you hope the community, you could trust it and use it for convenience. Instead of having to walk or take the bus,” said student Cameron Murley.

CPD is offering several safety tips when using a ride sharing service or taxi.

1. Don’t ride up front, no matter what the driver says.

2. Wait inside your house or a business until the ride arrives.

3. Do not ride alone if you’re heavily intoxicated.

4. Confirm the driver is who it is supposed to be.

5. Always use the dispatch or technology based service.

6. Do not share personal information with the driver.

7. Trust your instincts.

8. Do not give your cell phone to the driver.

Anyone with information on driver or vehicle is asked to email Detective Earl Westfall at SAU@columbuspolice.org

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