Man Charged For Two Kidnapping, Sexual Assault Incidents

Forest Acres, SC (WLTX) -- Forest Acres Police Chief Gene Sealy announces the arrest of a man suspected of burglary, kidnapping, and sexual assault on March 28th.

The accused suspect, 35-year-old Nathan Daniel Martinez of Columbia, was arrested early Wednesday morning in Hopkins by the Richland County Sheriff's Department Fugitive Task Force.

The incident occurred March 27th on Bethel Church Road when the suspect armed with a gun entered a condominium on Bethel Church road, where he struck one victim, tied up another, and then stole a number of items from the home.

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In addition, Columbia Police Department spokesperson Officer Jennifer Timmons reports that Martinez will also be charged with a similar crime on March 25th at a home near Leesburg Road in Columbia.

Martinez is accused in that case of entering the victim's home through an unlocked door at approximately 3:30 the morning of March 25th, where he allegedly tied the victim's hands, forced her to leave the home and drive to a location off Air Base Road, where the alleged sexual assault happened.

A forensic sketch artist with SLED was able to provide a detailed picture of what the suspect looked like with the assistance of the Forest Acres victim, and following the online presentation and broadcast of the image, police were able to identify Martinez as a person of interest and get an arrest warrant.

The charges Martinez will face in the Forest Acres case are 1st degree burglary charges, 3 counts of kidnapping, 1st degree criminal sexual conduct, presenting and pointing a firearm, petit larceny, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Martinez will also be charged by the Columbia Police Department with 1st degree criminal sexual conduct kidnapping, and 1st degree burglary, related to the Leesburg Road incident.

If you can ever provide any information regarding a violent crime, you are asked to contact Midlands CrimeStoppers at 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6378.) You can also text a tip into CRIMESTOPPERS by sending TIPSC plus your tip information to CRIMES (274637.) All tips leading to an arrest can earn a cash reward of up to $1,000.


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