Columbia County charges man with rape



Columbia County authorities arrested a College Park, Ga., man Tuesday in connection with a February rape and kidnapping.

Patrick Jairrels, 25, was transferred from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office to Columbia County, where he was wanted for rape and kidnpapping, Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.

A 31-year-old female acquaintance of Jairrels was found at the Interstate 20 rest area near the Columbia/McDuffie County line on Feb. 11 attempting to flag down other motorists.

The woman said Jairrels was in a vehicle pursuit with Decatur, Ga., police and fled along I-20 to the rest area, where she said Jairrels raped her. She jumped out of Jairrels’ vehicle at the rest area and he returned to Decatur without her.

Jairrels was arrested in DeKalb County the same day on several charges related to the pursuit. He was released from the DeKalb County jail Tuesday and was transferred to the Columbia County Detention Center because of pending warrants for rape and kidnapping, Morris said.


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