Deputies: Man Faked Being Officer, Kidnapped Women

Lexington County, SC (WLTX) - Lexington County deputies say a man pretended to be an Army investigative officer all in an effort to kidnap two women.

Officers say they took 29-year-old Timothy Maurice Vaughn into custody Wednesday.

According to deputies, Vaughn went to the Sleep Inn on Rockland Road Wednesday and told a clerk there that he was an agent with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, and that he needed information on two women who were staying there. The clerk told officers the man was wearing an Army uniform and showed him a star-shaped badge as identification.

The clerk, though, didn't give Vaughn the information he wanted.

Vaughn, deputies say, then went looking for the women, found them, and entered their room. Once again, deputies say he claimed that he was an Army investigator, and needed the women to leave with him. During the incident, officers say he even put one of the victims in handcuffs.

The clerk, however, had reported the incident to deputies, who responded to the scene and found Vaughn and the two women. After questioning everyone involved, deputies arrested Vaughn.

Investigators say it's still unclear why Vaughn wanted to find the woman and what he intended to do with them.

Officers say anyone who can help them in this case. Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or e-mail a tip in to You can also text information in by texting "TIPSC" plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Either way you choose, your identity will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.


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