Man accused of kidnapping girl from her bedroom window, locking her in shed, sheriff says
AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/Gray News) – A 20-year-old man was arrested after he kidnapped a girl, locked her in a storage shed and assaulted her, according to officials in South Carolina.
The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office said Thomas Chase was arrested Saturday for a kidnapping that the victim said happened nearly two years ago.
The girl told deputies that Chase kidnapped her on May 14, 2021.
The girl said that day, Chase messaged her saying he was on his way to her house. According to the incident report, when Chase got to the home, he approached her bedroom window, which was open, and told the victim if she didn’t come with him, he would “shoot up” her house.
Thomas grabbed her and pulled her through the window, then took her to a storage shed, according to deputies.
Chase offered the girl narcotics, which she didn’t take, but he wouldn’t give her food or water or leave her alone, according to the incident report.
Deputies said the victim told them he punched her twice in the legs.
The following day, on the afternoon of May 15, Chase left the girl alone in the shed, and she was able to escape, deputies reported.
The girl told deputies she also believes Chase sexually assaulted her while she was asleep in the shed.
Chase was charged with one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct or attempt with a minor aged 11-14. He is being held at the Aiken County Jail on a $20,000 bond, jail records show.
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