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Teen arrested in deputy impersonation case

Posted: October 10, 2013 5:20 p.m.
Updated: October 11, 2013 5:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) arrested a 15-year-old juvenile hours after reporting that a male subject impersonating a deputy had handcuffed a Camden woman and tried to make her remove her clothes.

According to a KCSO press release, the 52-year-old victim identified the suspect, who investigators determined was the 15-year-old juvenile. Within three hours of filing the report, an investigator located and took the juvenile into custody, the KCSO said.

In the statement, the KCSO said the juvenile ultimately detailed his involvement in this incident and that investigators charged him with one count each of impersonating a police officer, kidnapping and attempted third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

“A juvenile or adult impersonating a law enforcement officer as a means to commit a crime of any type, but especially a sexual assault, is something we take very seriously,” Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said in the press release. “Fortunately, the victim in this case was able to escape before the incident escalated further, and we were able to apprehend the suspect in a timely manner.”

The press release revealed some additional details about the incident which, according to a KCSO incident report, took place on Hazelhurst Street which is located off Jefferson Davis Highway just outside the Camden city limit.

The incident report stated that the victim answered her door Monday around 11 p.m. after hearing a knock on the door. When she did, the male subject -- now known to be the juvenile -- reportedly shined a flashlight in her eyes. The press release added that he allegedly produced a set of handcuffs and restrained her hands behind her back. He then allegedly told the victim she was under arrest and that he had to strip search her, the press release stated. The 15-year-old also allegedly told her that he had a Taser and would use it on her if she did not comply.

The woman told the juvenile that she could not remove her clothing because of the handcuffs, but that she would comply if he removed them. He did, allowing her to strike him in the face and flee from her house, the KCSO statement said. The incident report also stated that the victim’s dog attacked the juvenile but that she called him off before running to a neighbor’s house. The juvenile also fled the scene before being located and arrested.

The KCSO transported the teenager to the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia where he is being held on the impersonation, kidnapping and attempt sexual conduct charges.

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