Columbia Police officers responded to Carrie Bolin Drive after multiple 911 calls initially stating a woman had been thrown from a truck on the night of Monday, July 13.
Upon arrival, a female victim was found to have leaped from the vehicle on her own to get away from vehicle’s operator and had multiple lacerations on her body consistent with puncture wounds.
The female stated she had been assaulted and stabbed by the vehicle operator before fleeing, and was able to provide officers with attackers identity.
The victim was transported to TJ Health Columbia by Adair County EMS and was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Some time later, the vehicle was located abandoned on Downey Lake Road and was found to have the interior cleaned out with bleach.
Chris Belcher, 39, of Columbia was located before midnight at a residence four miles down Pelham Branch Road and was promptly taken into custody without incident. He has been charged with assault 2nd degree, as well as tampering with physical evidence — a class C and D felony respectively.
Officer Evan Burton was the arresting officer and the Columbia Police were assisted by the Kentucky State Police and the Adair County Sheriff’s Office.