Charlotte woman kidnapped, raped in Fort Mill

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comAugust 23, 2013 

A woman from Charlotte was kidnapped at Miller’s Produce on Highway 51 in Fort Mill on July 1, then made to drive to a wooded area before her kidnapper raped her, according to a York County sheriff’s office report.

The incident took place on July 1, but was first reported to the Pineville Police Department and then the York County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday.

The woman, who is 39, told a sheriff’s deputy she was getting gas at Miller’s Produce when a thin black man approached her and pulled out a knife with finger holes in the grip. She said he was about five feet six inches tall with a scar on his face.

The suspect made the woman get in her car while he sat in the backseat and held a knife to her stomach while she drove about 10 minutes away to a wooded area. He made her pull over. After she wouldn’t perform a sexual act with him, he sprayed her with pepper spray and hit her, before climbing into the front seat and raping her.

He then threw her keys out of the car, threatened her and left, the report said. While she was looking for her keys, a passerby noticed the woman and helped her find her keys and called her brother to come help her, but the woman said she didn’t tell him what had happened. She said she does not know where she was, but that she could see boats in the distance.

The report indicated that there are no specific suspects.

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072

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