A 29-year-old woman reported an unknown, armed man carjacked and raped her on the north end of Hilton Head Island late Monday, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.
The victim, who spoke with deputies at Hilton Head Hospital just after midnight, said she was from out of town and became lost while driving on the island, a Sheriff's Office news release said. When she pulled into a parking lot on Pembroke Drive, a man approached her, said he was lost, as well, and asked to use her phone, the release said.
When the victim asked for her phone back, the suspect pulled a gun and ordered her to drive him a short distance and pull into a wooded area, according to the release. The suspect then physically and sexually assaulted the woman and stole her phone, iPad, cash and credit card, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Before running, the suspect threatened to kill the victim if she called the police or drove away without waiting 30 minutes. After nearly an hour, the woman left and went to the hospital, the news release said.
The suspect was described as a black male with a dark complexion, about 25 to 30 years old, last seen wearing khaki shorts, a dark button-up shirt, and a black sweater cap.
Anyone with information is asked to contact either Investigator Sgt. Brandon Cooler at 843-255-3423 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).