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Attempted Rape At Leigh Mall

Sammie Smith Jr.

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI)- A Columbus man is being held on a $100,000 bond after allegedly trying to rape a woman at the Leigh Mall. Officers responded Saturday around 9 o’clock in the evening after receiving a call of attempted rape. An employee of the mall told officers he witnessed the incident. He says heard someone crying and struggling in the ladies bathroom and when he went in he saw a black male identified as Sammie Smith Junior trying to force himself on the victim. Smith was arrested and charged with Attempted Sexual Battery.