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Documents: Columbia man went on rampage of attempted rape, assault before arrest


A man charged in Boone County with five felonies went on a rampage of attempted rape and assault that started at a hotel and continued outside other businesses Wednesday night, according to a probable cause statement.

Justin M. Miller, 37, of Columbia was charged Thursday with attempted rape, child molestation, second-degree assault, sexual abuse, sexual misconduct, fourth-degree assault and resisting arrest. He was in the Boone County Jail on Friday without bond.

Miller's alleged rampage began at the La Quinta hotel on I-70 Drive S.W., where he was staying, according to the statement. The statement says Miller exposed himself to a person in an elevator then tried to rape a woman on the second floor before a witness punched him.

Miller then punched in the face an employee who confronted him about the attempted rape, according to the statement. The employee told investigators that he hit Miller with a broom and Miller then left the hotel, the statement says.

Police found Miller, who was by this time naked, outside the Petro Mart on Stadium Boulevard near Interstate 70 and arrested him after a short chase outside the Culver's restaurant on Bernadette Drive, according to the statement. Employees told ABC 17 News on Thursday that Miller went inside the restaurant without clothes. The restaurant closed early after the incident, employees said.

Miller has been in and out of prison five times over the past 15 years.

Between 2006 and 2013 Miller was arrested various times for gun and drug-related charges.

In 2020, he was arrested again and charged in three different cases on similar gun and drug crimes. He had a warrant out for his arrest for those charges after failing to appear in court in December.

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  1. From the police scanner:

    8:35 pm, Dispatch: “Boone County, all officers prepare to copy, asault just occurred… Asault that just occurred at LaQuinta Inn, 2500 I-70 Drive SW. Asaulted multiple units and then left on foot headed towards Dillard’s. Suspect is going to be a black male, wearing no shirt…”

    The suspect was trying to get into a vehicle that was not his. Always keep your doors locked in your car.

    Dispatch: “We are also getting information that there is a disturbance of transients… at Stadium and Bernadette. It may not be related. Looks like a couple of transients are fighting over a sign.”

    Dispatch: “Apparently, the disturbance at Stadium and Bernadette is related. Looks like this suspect is a naked male, black…Apparently he was trying to fight a white female over a sign.” I wonder if the suspect told the white female to get a job?

    8:30 pm, “Looks like suspect is now in the parking lot of Marshalls.” Officers enroute request a third unit for backup.

    “The suspect is outside now running towards Taco Bell.” Radio Channel 2 is restricted.

    Officers observe the suspect running towards Commerce Bank and take him into custody. Officers are sent to Culvers to see if the suspect asaulted anyone there.

    Officer to Dispatch: “I am arrival at Culvers. We do have one who was asaulted. I will be inside with him.” Other officers go to La Quinta to see if anyone needs EMS over there.

    What happened to the three strikes law? Thank you liberal judges who keep letting people like this out of prison to further insult society.

    At 8:44 pm, unrelated, but typical for Columbia, Dispatch: alert tones, “Shots fired, 14XX Meredith Drive, caller is advising he yelled (get off my lawn) at children to leave his property. They did but shot out his window when they left…Suspects left in a gold Grand Marquess (I am not making this up – no word on the size of the rims) with three or four teenagers. Unknown direction of travel on Scott Blvd.” Damn kids these days.

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