Newberry, SC (WLTX) - Newberry County deputies are searching for a suspect who tied up a woman, burglarized her home, and briefly kidnapped her.
Officers say they got a call from the victim just before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night, telling them that she'd just been through the ordeal. When officers found her, she was still partially restrained by duct tape and a telephone cord, but had managed to get free enough to make the call.
The 73-year-old said she was opening the door of her car to leave home when the suspect, who'd been hiding in the car, kicked her in the chest. Officers say he then forced her back into the house, where he used the duct tape and the phone cord to restrain her. While she was tied up, deputies say he took jewelry and money from the home.
While she was still tied up, officers say he then forced her to go out to her car, then drove her around for a short time. Eventually, he took her back home and asked for more money. Finally, he left the home, giving the woman a chance to call for help. The woman was taken to the hospital, where she was treated for a broken collar bone and minor injuries.
Officers say the victim's car was later found near Boyd's Crossing Road.
Anyone who may have information in this case should contact the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 321-2222, email your tip to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.