Columbia County charges man with rape

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 5:42 PM
Last updated 7:52 PM
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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.

 

Reach Valerie Rowell at (706) 868-1222, ext. 110 or

valerie.rowell@augustachronicle.com.

 

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/17/10 - 06:04 pm
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I wonder when CountyMan will

I wonder when CountyMan will tell us this represents a crime wave in Columbia County when these out of town people commit a crime in the rest area on I-20?

corgimom
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corgimom 03/17/10 - 08:07 pm
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Oh, but Riverman, the Augusta

Oh, but Riverman, the Augusta metro area is GREAT. And hey, if you compare it to something in another STATE, then it's even greater.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/18/10 - 09:55 am
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I have an issue with this

I have an issue with this statement "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." I'm not saying the rape didn't take place but if Jairrels was running from the Decatur police, would he stop long enough at a rest area on I-20 to rape her, and then head back the same way he came from fleeing from the police? I don't know what the rules are with police crossing county lines but it seems to me that if he did rape her he took a heck of chance of being caught with his pants down (literally).

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