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Grant charged in Swainson kidnapping
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The Richland County Sheriff Office (RCSO) charged an Elgin man with the kidnapping of a Columbia teen on Friday. Freddie Grant, 53, of Kelly Road, the sole suspect in connection with the August disappearance of Ridge View High School student Gabrielle Swainson, 15, waived his right to a bond hearing that was scheduled for Friday afternoon. Last August, the RCSO found hair and blood on duct tape near Grant’s Elgin home with Swainson’s DNA. Last month, Grant, a convicted felon, was found guilty of a federal weapons charge after the RCSD found ammunition in his home while searching for Swainson.