Columbus man accused of attempting to rape woman near Moon Road

Loud gasps could be heard in Recorder's Court Tuesday morning as police revealed the details of an alleged attempted rape that reportedly occurred Monday near Moon Road.

Columbus resident Tommy Thompson, 65, pleaded not guilty to the criminal attempt rape and simple battery of a woman he knew.

He was placed in the Muscogee County Jail with a $26,000 bond under the condition that he not annoy, harass or intimidate the victim and avoid her workplace and residence.

Columbus Police Officer Dominick Williams said the victim was on the phone with her daughter when the familiar man unlocked her bedroom door, came into the room and held her down by her arms and attempted to engage in a sex act without her consent.

Williams said the victim screamed at Thompson, who was intoxicated at the time, and told him to stop. Then she told her daughter over the phone to call the police, because the 65-year-old man was trying to rape her, according to the officer.

Williams testified that the daughter told her mother to threaten Thompson by telling him that she was calling the police, but the suspect allegedly responded by saying, "Fine, call the police."

Police were called to the scene and found the victim and suspect in the victim's bedroom, Williams told the court.

The woman had several bruises on her arms, the testifying officer said.

When Thompson was asked about the incident, he reportedly told police that he was trying to engage in a sexual act, Columbus Police Officer Susan Huffman said.

Thompson told police he and the victim were arguing about sex prior the incident, according to Huffman.

Thompson was arrested on the scene Monday at about 12:30 a.m. and charged. He was transported to the Muscogee County Jail.