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South Carolina man attacked by three men in McCormick County

Monday, July 28, 2014 3:45 PM
Last updated Tuesday, July 29, 2014 4:31 AM
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A South Carolina man told police three men tried to sexually assault him and then shot at him while he was bicycling in McCormick County late Saturday.



Sheriff’s deputies met with the victim, who was not identified in an incident report, on U.S. Highway 23 around 9:30 p.m. following the incident.

The victim told officers he had been biking in the woods alone when he was knocked off his bike by a rope stretched between two trees. He believes he was knocked out momentarily because when he came to three white men in camouflage were attempting to take his pants off.

The report states the victim was able to escape after elbowing one of the men in the face. One of the suspects fired a shot at him. The victim returned fire with a Glock he had in his possession.

The story spread through the area over the weekend after someone claiming to be the victim’s wife posted details of the assault near Stevens Creek on a Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association community bulletin board online. She described the attack as taking place a half mile from the parking area at the trail head.

According to the post, the assailants told the victim the woods “were for hunters only, and that he was going to learn tonight.”

According to the incident report, deputies did not enter the woods to look for the assailants following the attack because it was too dark and the sheriff’s office did not have the manpower or the resources to track into the woods.

Calls to sheriff’s office officials on Monday were not returned.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/28/14 - 03:00 pm
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Cold Case

This reported crime is going to go cold very quickly.

fiscallyresponsible
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fiscallyresponsible 07/28/14 - 03:12 pm
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Sounds a bit far fetched.....

Sounds a bit far fetched.....

specsta
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specsta 07/28/14 - 03:58 pm
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Seriously?

"...sheriff’s deputies did not enter the woods to look for the assailants following the attack because it was too dark and the sheriff’s office did not have the manpower or the resources to track into the woods."

This is probably the lamest excuse I've ever read.

I wonder what sort of resources would have been assembled if the story had been three black assailants attacking a white female in the woods. Probably bloodhounds, helicopters, Humvees and real-time infrared satellite feeds to a command center.

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Just My Opinion 07/28/14 - 04:04 pm
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Actually, I can believe the

Actually, I can believe the story. Why would someone make that up? I'm concerned that the McCormick County sheriff's office didn't do SOMETHING other than wait until daylight. Can't they at least drive into the area and look for suspicious cars parked out there? Look for 3 men dressed in camo, and get their names and pictures for the victim to look at?
The other thing I don't get, though, is the "hunters" attempting to sexually assault the victim. What exactly does that mean? Does trying to remove the victim's pants mean they were going to sexually assault him? Did they tell the victim they were going to do something like that?
Sure hope they get these guys. Chances are they'll be out again.
I'm also glad the victim had a pistol with him!

dwb619
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dwb619 07/28/14 - 04:06 pm
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That a gun in yor pocket?

Strikes me a little odd that the three assailants didn't notice the Glock in his pants while they were "field" stripping him.

hoptoad
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hoptoad 07/28/14 - 04:50 pm
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Shades of "Deliverance"! Did

Shades of "Deliverance"! Did he hear any banjo music playing in the background?

Perhaps they were only going to field dress him. He was lucky that he was able to over power three of them and retrieve his pistol from his pants while they were removing them, even though he had been knocked out.

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Pops 07/28/14 - 04:09 pm
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Race race race race race

there.....I feel so hip now........

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/28/14 - 04:16 pm
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I posted on R & R last night

I posted on R & R last night about this; but I am beginning to question things too since no further details have been released so far.

The story itself is very plausible as there is a known animus SOME hunters have towards those making noise coming through their hunting area, and the fact 4 wheelers are barred from the hiking/biking trails. Also, scouting for the upcoming season has already started.

During hunting season, local organizations, as well as federal land managers, strongly advise all trail users to wear blaze orange, and avoid white or brown clothing. Additionally, we strongly advise people to stay away from trails @ dawn and dusk.

In other words, we try to respect hunters, and hope they show respect back in turn.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/28/14 - 04:22 pm
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"That a gun in your

"That a gun in your pocket?"

Trust me, I carry my little Ruger .380 in my pocket when riding alone, even though I am not registered to do so in SC.

hoptoad
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hoptoad 07/28/14 - 04:47 pm
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itsanotherday1

Being a hunter myself, I don't appreciate non-hunters interrupting my space. If the land was posted, this man should not have been in there, hunting season or not. I usually go to my hunt club during the day though to scout the area - can't see a lot of deer markings in the dark so it doesn't make sense these men would be checking for tracks, tree marks or their deer stands.

Since I only hunt deer, occasionally a hog, I know it is not deer season. I'm not familiar with what is in season at this time of the year. Must be possum if they were hunting in the dark - 9:30 p.m. If it was deer, they were poaching.

So this story is still a little screwy.

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mosovich 07/28/14 - 04:53 pm
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MODOC isn't posted..

It's not private land, so he would've had just as much right to be there as anyone else.. I'm wondering if it was drug related.. Maybe he was about to stumble upon someone's stash or something.. Personally I hope it's all fake as so many people use that area for recreation, it would be a shame to have it tarnished by something like this..
Besides, most cyclist have enough common sense and decency to know hunters hunt early in the morning or late in the afternoon and therefore, they ride during the middle of the day.. But, then again, hunting season is pretty far off..

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corgimom 07/28/14 - 05:12 pm
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I think if it had been a

I think if it had been a female bicycle rider, she would be dead.

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jdsgirl63 07/28/14 - 06:11 pm
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I don't know if this story is

I don't know if this story is true... but why would anyone go bicycle riding in the woods at dark or close to dark?

I do find it interesting that the alleged victim stated that 3 men knocked him out and tried to sexually assault him, but an elbow to the face of one put a stop to that, then he got up (presumably his pants were undone) and ran while they shot at him... lastly, he had a Glock on him (that the 3 alleged assailants completely missed while trying to undress him and he was "knocked out") and shot back.

Curiouser and curiouser. Let's see how this one plays out.

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gargoyle 07/28/14 - 06:12 pm
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Sketchy , 33% chance it

Sketchy , 33% chance it happened as reported , 33% chance drug related (eating the mushrooms beside the trail ) 33% chance it was a meet and greet gone wrong . The Po Po need to run the bases where his bike is at to figure this out . Why would 3 armed people need a rope to stop a bicycle . Seems like a lot of planning for a simple act.

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Riverman1 07/28/14 - 07:11 pm
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Man's Name

I understand the Chronicle is not at fault here, but I'd like to know the man's name. Check his history and so on.

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just an opinion 07/28/14 - 07:24 pm
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"It was too dark" ?

I guess the sheriffs office closes at dark time and opens in the morning after breakfast when it's light again. Some agencies have equipped their cruisers with spotlights to combat this problem of not being able to see in the dark. They did this about 50 years ago.

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ELLIOTTMESS55 07/28/14 - 07:29 pm
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what a fable! riding a bike
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what a fable! riding a bike in the woods at 9:30 pm? much darker in the woods than the road.3 guys trying to subdue one?pulls out a glock? all the makings of a gay movie.

hoptoad
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hoptoad 07/28/14 - 08:30 pm
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Maybe this story was too

Maybe this story was too sketchy for the police to believe and didn't want to waste their time looking for assailants who were probably long gone by the time he got his pants back on.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/28/14 - 09:18 pm
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Hoptoad, you've already been

Hoptoad, you've already been informed that this is public land, not private for hunters. In fact, it is the bike riders of SORBA who keep that trail maintained and open. If hunters want no interruption, they should hunt on private, not public lands.

As far as it being dark; 9pm is not too dark to be getting back to a trailhead. A number of people ride at night for that matter; and I have too as far as that goes. Helmet and bike lights; you are good to go. Even preferable during hot weather. Heck, there is a semi-annual competition at night on a local trail at the canal.
All that said to inform the uninformed; I do have my reservations about the validity of these claims of assault.

gargoyle
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gargoyle 07/28/14 - 09:28 pm
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It may be they keep the

It may be they keep the trails maintained but it is the licenses purchased by hunters that bought a lot of the land. for that matter hunters pay a separate fee for the privilege to hunt there, how would the cyclists feel about having a WMA stamp before putting a tire on the trail ?

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burninater 07/28/14 - 09:44 pm
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Uh, gargoyle, stringing a

Uh, gargoyle, stringing a rope between two trees is "a lot of planning"? This isn't the first time people have used this technique to try to stop people from using trails. Wasn't it just last year a kid was killed on an ATV in a similar setup?

Plenty of people hunt in plenty of places where they don't need to assault bikers or hikers. This sounds like a few mentally-ill individuals looking for a way to justify their desire to hurt folks.

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gargoyle 07/28/14 - 09:41 pm
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". If hunters want no

". If hunters want no interruption, they should hunt on private, not public lands. "
That road runs both ways.... If the cyclist want no interruption, they should ride on private not public land. sounds silly doesn't it that only one hobby has exclusive rights to public land.

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burninater 07/28/14 - 09:47 pm
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gargoyle, if it sounds silly,

gargoyle, if it sounds silly, why are you arguing the cyclists shouldn't be there? Iad1's got it exactly right -- if you don't want other people around, don't go to land that the general public has access to.

What if these were children hiking off trail and disturbing wildlife? Should they get assaulted by hunters too?

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gargoyle 07/28/14 - 09:48 pm
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Some people use fire to hunt

Some people use fire to hunt tigers. If someone set up a mantrap that's a sick individual , your point is ?

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burninater 07/28/14 - 09:53 pm
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???

???

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notsurprised 07/28/14 - 10:26 pm
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hunter/ trail rider

I am an avid hunter and i do enjoy a good trail ride. Now with that being said, I hunt private land and ride on public land. But, I do not ride during deer season in areas that I know hunters frequent. But, a lot of people do not have the money to hunt private land so public is their only option. Personally, I think the hobbies are a bad mix on the same land. Not necessarily because of nuts like this but because some hunters are trigger happy and could mistake movement for a person. Honestly, the story sounds fishy to me. I was somewhat on board until the sexual assault part. Although i think it's ridiculous, I could see where a hunter could get aggravated. But a sexual assault? Come on now.

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whyme 07/28/14 - 11:53 pm
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judgement calls

I read the post by the man's wife on what I suppose is a cyclists' website and from there it was posted on Facebook. It sounded fairly plausible in its presentation. The FB post seemed to have more sympathetic remarks towards the victim and less speculation against him. Nothing surprises me these days and I would encourage the readers to refrain from the attempts at humor or snide remarks until the facts are further presented.
Meanwhile, safety anywhere remains an issue and it is discouraging that in an era where healthy habits are being encouraged, one cannot practice them except in very controlled settings for fear of an accident (such as being hit by a car), assault (think walking through the woods along the many paths and trails that were developed but are questionably safe now), or death. Much as I've enjoyed the Greenway and the Savannah Rapids trail even with many people present, they're just not worth the risk.

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Riverman1 07/29/14 - 03:08 am
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@Whyme

Whyme, do you know of other "assaults" on the trail from Savannah Rapids or on the Greenway? I'm not saying there hasn't been, but I can't recall any. There are tens of thousands using these trails.

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iaaffg 07/29/14 - 05:54 am
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i agree with numerous other
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i agree with numerous other posters: this story is suspect and smells of horse hockey. some people will do anything to get attention.

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seenitB4 07/29/14 - 06:27 am
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A hunter??

A good ole redneck hunter wanting to sexually assault a man???

A new one, the hunters I know wouldn't even get close to that.

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