Columbia man says he was kidnapped, pistol–whipped

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By Patrick Yost editor

A 27–year–old South Carolina man alleged a man known to him kidnapped and that the suspect’s brother pistol whipped the man and took his cash and cell phone. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, deputies responded to calls of a man attempting to flag down vehicle near the east bound lanes of Interstate 20 at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 10. Dispatch then received a call that a man was at Centennial Baptist Church attempting to flag down vehicles. They eventually found the complainant knocking on a door of a residence on Brownwood Road, “yelling that he was kidnapped.” The man said that in Columbia, S.C. the suspect offered for the man to get in his silver Chevrolet Malibu to ride to Atlanta. The complainant alleged that during the drive to Atlanta, the suspects brother was in the back seat of the vehicle and that he demanded money and the complainant’s cell phone before striking the complainant in the head with a pistol. The complainant said he begged to be let out of the car and when the vehicle slowed, he said, he jumped from the car. He said he initially tried to get someone to stop on Interstate 20 and then he walked through the woods to the church. The complainant gave officers the suspect’s driver’s license, which he said he had retained as “evidence.”

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