Sketch helps police locate suspect in two kidnappings, sexual assaults

04/02/2014 10:23 AM

04/02/2014 9:43 PM

A 35-year-old Columbia man was arrested early Wednesday and charged with two Columbia-area sexual assaults.

Nathan Daniel Martinez of Chaucer Drive was arrested without incident at about 1:30 a.m. in Hopkins by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Fugitive Task Force.

Martinez has been charged by the Forest Acres Police Department with first-degree burglary, three counts of kidnapping, armed robbery with a deadly weapon, first-degree criminal sexual conduct, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, pointing and presenting a firearm and petit larceny.

Shortly before 7 a.m. March 27, a suspect armed with a hand gun, broke into an apartment, tied up a female juvenile and assaulted a woman living there.

The attack at the Brickyard Condominiums at 4443 Bethel Church Road.

The suspect reportedly took several items from the home before fleeing. Although Forest Acres police searched the area with the help of Richland County Sheriff’s Department K-9 units, the trail was lost.

Forest Acres Police credit a SLED artist’s rendering of the suspect, and sharing by local media, for help identifying the suspect.

The Columbia Police Department has charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping, and first-degree burglary.

Martinez is accused of breaking into the victim’s home near Leesburg Road through an unlocked door at approximately 3:30 a.m. March 25.

Once inside the residence, Martinez allegedly tied up her hands and threatened to harm a family member.

The victim told CPD investigators that Martinez forced her to leave the home with him and drive to a location off Air Base Road, where the sexual assault occurred.

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