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Arrest made in kidnapping, robbery

Posted: December 20, 2012 6:02 p.m.
Updated: December 21, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) investigators arrested a man they said wielded a box cutter to force a man into his home, tying him up, beating and robbing and stealing his truck.

As reported in the Chronicle-Independent’s crime report Wednesday, deputies responded to a residence off S.C. 97 around 3 p.m. Monday. The victim told deputies he was walking to his residence when the attacker grabbed him from behind. He said the suspect placed a box cutter to his neck, beat him in the face, an dragged him into his home. The suspect then tied the victim up, took his cell phone, keys and about $100 from his wallet, and then stole his red 1996 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup.

In a statement released to the press Thursday morning, the KCSO said investigators arrested Joseph Pardner Alexander, 46, of Camden and charged him with various crimes connected to Monday’s robbery.

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said investigators came up with Alexander as a person of interest fairly early in their investigation. He said their suspicions were confirmed when they learned that Alexander had blown the Ram pickup’s engine and tried to sell it to a tow truck driver who became suspicious and called the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

In the press release, Matthews said that following Monday’s robbery, KCSO investigators placed the pickup’s vehicle identification number into a national database. When Lancaster authorities ran the number, they learned it had been stolen from Kershaw County.

Meanwhile, KCSO investigators continued trying to positively identify Alexander as the person who stole the truck since he had given an incorrect name to the tow truck driver. Suspicious that Alexander was the suspect, investigators prepared a photo lineup containing his picture. The victim positively identified Alexander as his attacker.

KCSO investigators then contacted Alexander’s sister, asking her where he could be found. She later contacted investigators and said she would bring him in for questioning. During a subsequent interview, Alexander admitted to committing certain portions of the crime. Investigators arrested him at KCSO headquarters on warrants charging him with kidnapping, armed robbery and grand larceny.

According to Matthews, Alexander has an extensive criminal record dating back to 1992 including  several arrests for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, public disorderly conduct, malicious injury to personal property, probation violation, strong armed robbery, traffic violations and resisting arrest.

“It appears that with all of these arrests, Alexander has not spent a day in jail,” Matthews said. “ This is what causes the public to lose faith in the criminal justice system. Maybe this time he will actually pay for his crimes.”

Alexander is currently being detained at the Kershaw County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

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