Camden man charged with kidnapping, robbery

Serial offender has never done prison time, according to state records

dprice@thestate.comDecember 22, 2012 

— A Camden man accused of kidnapping, tying up, beating and robbing a 59-year-old Monday has been arrested.

Kershaw Count Deputies have accused Joseph Pardner Alexander, 46, of forcing the 59-year-old man into his home with a box cutter before binding and beating him and stealing his pickup truck. Alexander is charged with kidnapping, armed robbery and grand larceny.

The man called police about 3 p.m. to say that an attacker grabbed him from behind and put a box cutter to his neck. The attacker hit him in the face and dragged him into his home on S.C. 57, he said. Once inside, the man was tied up and the attacker took his car keys, cell phone and $100 cash before leaving. It took about an hour for the man to break free and cal for help, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said.

Deputies arrested Alexander after finding out that the man had tried to sell a pickup truck with a blown engine to a tow truck driver in Lancaster County. The tow truck driver became suspicious and contacted that county's sheriff's office, who entered the truck's vehicle identification number in the national stolen vehicle database. The database showed that the truck Alexander was trying to sell was stolen from the 59-year-old's home, Kershaw County deputies said.

Alexander gave a false name to the tow truck driver, Matthews said. But an investigator who had prior dealings with Alexander put the man’s photo in a line-up and had the 59-year-old come to the sheriff’s office to identify the suspect. The man pointed out Alexander’s photo and burst into tears, Matthews said.

Alexander's sister turned the man into police after he was identified as the crime's suspect. The man admitted to portions of the crime during an interview, Matthews said.

Alexander, who has nearly a dozen prior arrests for charges ranging from resisting arrest and vandalism to strong-armed robbery and multiple aggravated assaults, is being held at the Kershaw County Detention Center.

Alexander was convicted of several of those crimes, including three aggravated assaults, but according to a Department of Corrections spokesman, he never served a day in prison. Other charges, such as one for strong-armed robbery in 2003, weren’t prosecuted, according to State Law Enforcement Division records.

Kershaw County deputies have arrested Alexander six times, according to SLED records. Matthews said it’s frustrating to see his deputies continually charge people like Alexander then watch them avoid prison sentences.

“People have no confidence in the justice system because stuff like this happens all the time,” he said.

If Alexander is convicted, Matthews hopes his sentence carries time behind bars.

“He’s a repeat offender, he’s got to do some time on this,” he said.

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