Teen arrested for impersonating officer, attempting strip-search

cwinston@thestate.comOctober 10, 2013 

— A teenager faces a number of charges after a Kershaw County woman said she was handcuffed and almost strip-searched by someone calling himself a sheriff’s deputy.

The resident reported to the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 2 that a man came to her house, identified himself as a deputy and demanded that she open the door, according to a press release. Once inside, the male handcuffed the victim and told her he was there to strip-search her.

The victim was able to get away by teling the suspect he would have to remove the handcuffs. When he did, she struck him in the face and was able to escape. She was able to identify the suspect and he was located three hours later.

The suspect, who is not being named because he is 15, has been charged with impersonating an officer, kidnapping and attempted criminal sexual conduct, third-degree. He was transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia.

“Fortunately the victim in this case was able to escape before this incident escalated further and we were able to apprehend the suspect in a timely manner, said Sheriff Jim Matthews in the release.

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