Saturday, July 30, 2011

South Carolina Pastor arrested for kidnapping and sexual assault

The story comes straight out of a scary movie: a young woman is abducted, driven to an abandoned building, raped and then sent into the woods at gunpoint.

That's what a 20-year-old woman alleges happened to her July 27.

Dale Richardson, 46, of Summerville has been charged with kidnapping, according to spokesman Spencer Pryor of the North Charleston police. More charges could follow in the investigation

On Thursday evening, North Charleston police obtained arrest warrants for Richardson for the alleged kidnapping and sexual assault that took place on Midland Park Road.

Dorchester County Sheriff's Office assisted in the arrest, according to Public Information Officer John Garrison.

Richardson is a pastor at Freedom Free Will Baptist Church in Ladson.

In a Post and Courier story earlier today, Richardson said he looked forward to putting on a strong defense against the allegations.

According to the incident report, an officer was dispatched to Carolina Commerce Parkway at around 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday because of a woman running out of the woods saying she had been raped earlier that morning.

The alleged victim said she was abducted outside 2599 Midland Park Road by the suspect, who came up from behind, grabbed her and threw a pillow case over her head. She said she was in his car for 20 or 30 minutes before they stopped in an unknown location with an abandoned mobile home. There, she said, the suspect raped her.

Afterward, the pillow case was placed back over her head and the victim was put in the back of the vehicle, according to the report. At Carolina Commerce Parkway, the suspect put the victim at gunpoint and told her to start walking, according to the victim. The suspect threw the victim's purse in her direction, according to the report.

According to the report, the victim saw a nametag hanging from the rearview mirror with a printed last name that began with the letter "R." She described the vehicle as a white, four-door pickup truck, and the man as white, 45-50 years old, grey hair, 250 pounds and 5-foot-10.

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