Authorities in Newberry are asking for the public’s help in locating the man who allegedly assaulted a 73-year-old resident of Green Meadow Drive in Newberry around 10:30pm Wednesday when she left her home to get in her car. At the end of the ordeal, the victim was treated for a broken collar bone and other minor injuries, the Sheriff’s Department said.
The victim told investigators with the Newberry County Sheriff’s Department that her assailant was lying in her car when she opened the door to get in. He allegedly kicked her in the chest and then forced her back into her home where he tied her up with duct tape and phone cord.
After taking money and jewelry, he allegedly loaded the still-bound victim into her car and drove around for a while, she told investigators. When they returned to her home, the attacker demanded more money and then left in her car. The victim was able to loosen her bindings to call 911, Sheriff Lee Foster said.
The car was later located abandoned on Boyd Crossing Road but bloodhounds were unable to locate the assailant.
Investigators believe the woman’s attacker was “familiar” with his victim but did not elaborate on the connection.
The man is described as a black male with dread-lock style hair. He is approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall weighing about 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red t-shirt, blue jeans and a black “hoodie,” the sheriff’s department said.
If you have information that can help in the investigation, you are asked to call the Newberry County Sheriff’s Department at 803-321-2222, email a tip the firstname.lastname@example.org or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.