A Columbia man has been accused of beating and raping a 37-year-old woman three times on the same night in different locations around thecounty.
Police arrested 28-year-old Paul S. Moals Wednesday at his home on the 5400 block of Old Tucker Row and charged him with rape,false imprisonment and assault in connection with the Tuesday incident. Moals also punched the woman in the eye and choked her as he raped her, according to charging documents.
He is being held without bond at the county detention center.
The woman left various articles of clothing at each place as evidence, according to Officer Tom Martin.
Police said a mutual friend introduced Moals, a fast-food cook, to the woman, and the three decided to walk to the Columbia Mall Tuesday evening. While the mutual friendshopped, Moals and the woman walked to a wooded area near the mall, where allegedly he raped her, according to police. The woman left herundergarments on the ground, police said.