Alleged serial rapist faces new charge

rlowe@thestate.comOctober 31, 2013 

Denzil Patrick Jones

Denzil Patrick Jones


— Lexington County authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Denzil Patrick Jones, 28, of Columbia, in the kidnapping of and sexual assault on a 23-year-old acquaintance May 31 at her West Columbia home.

Jones is currently being held in Richland County at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center on three counts of sexual assault and armed robbery not related to the Lexington case.

Jones was arrested Oct. 13 by Richland County deputies who said he raped and robbed three women he met on a social dating website. Sheriff Leon Lott said in a news release at the time that Jones would solicit women on “Tagged,” a social dating site.

Jones allegedly met three women on three separate occasions in the area of Joe Frazier Court and Smith Street, near the intersection of Shop Road and Interstate 77. He allegedly showed them a handgun and sexually assaulted the victims. He also stole an iPhone from one of his victims, Lott said.

In the Lexington County case, a 23-year-old woman told authorities that she met Jones about a month before the assault at a Cayce convenience store. They talked on a regular basis and she invited him to her West Columbia apartment for a date, Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said in a news release. At her home, Jones allegedly forced the woman to perform a sex act and threatened to kill her if she tried to leave her home before he took her cellphone and left, Metts said.

Both Richland and Lexington County sheriff’s departments are asking anyone with information about criminal activity by Jones to call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, text CRIMES (274637) and mark the beginning of the message with “TIPSC” followed by the tip information, or log onto and click on the red “Submit a tip” tab.

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