Suspect sought in St. Helena woman's abduction, rape

tbarton@beaufortgazette.comDecember 6, 2012 

Investigators are looking for a man accused of abducting and raping a St. Helena Island woman early Thursday.

Beaufort County sheriff's deputies were called to Tecumseh Lane about 4 a.m. where they met a 29-year-old woman who said she had been raped by an unknown man in the area of Seaside and Ballpark roads.

She was walking home from a friend's house around 3:30 a.m. when a white sedan stopped in front of her, according to a news release.

A passenger got out and pulled her into nearby woods, where he sexually assaulted her and threatened to kill her, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sgt. Robin McIntosh said.

The man then got back in the car and left, while the woman ran home and called 911, McIntosh said.

The suspect was described as black, 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, wearing a dark shirt and pants with a hat or do-rag.

McIntosh said the woman was unable to provide a further description of the car or attacker.

"We have no suspect leads at this point other than two black males in a car," she said. She advised people in the area to "use precaution since we haven't identified the suspect."

"Walking late at night alone, I would advise against it in any situation," she added. "Be aware of your surroundings. Walk in groups. Have a cellphone. Let people know where you are."

Anyone with information about the case can contact Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).

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