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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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myfather15
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myfather15 07/29/14 - 06:31 am
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Does anyone know for a FACT,

Does anyone know for a FACT, that hunting is allowed in this area? I was told by another LE officer that hunting is NOT allowed in this area, only recreational activities, like riding and walking the trails. I was told there are some tables, for picnics and other activities; but hunting isn't allowed. I tried to find out on the net, but couldn't find anything.

Also, someone brought up a good point; there isn't really a hunting season open this time of year; except maybe hog in Georgia, but I'm not sure about SC!! I was told squirrel and deer season doesn't start in SC until August.

myfather15
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myfather15 07/29/14 - 06:38 am
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I'm sure those law

I'm sure those law enforcement officers who are personally involved in the investigation, have a very good idea whether this actually happened. Usually, we'll have a pretty good idea, minutes after the report. We must take every report seriously, until proven to be false.

I personally don't doubt it, at least not with the information we have. I base this upon experience riding other parks, not this one. Other parks I've riden, as I was riding around I would detech an odor or burnt marijuana (which I'm trained to detect); then I would go around a corner and discover a group of teenagers or young adults, smoking it up!! The last time this happened was when I was riding Euchee Creek Trails in Grovetown.

So, is it possible that a group of criminals were at the park, planning to do something violent? Of course and THAT is not far fetched. But, the ENTIRE turn of events of this story, do sound like something out of a movie!! Not just one aspect, but the entirety of the story, makes it a little difficult to believe on face value. But, over the years; I've certainly seen strange things happen!!

myfather15
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myfather15 07/29/14 - 06:41 am
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I just think it's very sad

I just think it's very sad that someone like specsta would inject race into the discussion, without ALL the facts!! LE knows MUCH MORE about this incident that is being provided!! They will release this information at the appropriate time. So, suggesting they didn't do their jobs, because of race; is VERY irresponsible!!

But, I suppose I shouldn't expect responsibility from those always looking for an opportunity to divide people, based on race!!

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curly123053 07/29/14 - 07:26 am
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Wonder Too

I saw the reports of this assault in the Edgefield paper a few days ago. The man was riding on a trail on the national forest property. I am not to familiar with that area but the report I read stated it happened along a regular known trail through the national forest. It stated that trail goes between Edgefield and McCormick Counties. According to this report the National Forest Service is investigating too.
As far as deputies not searching because it was to dark, that sounds kind of far-fetched to me, but I assume that small county did not have the resources on hand. But, I have to agree with myfather that the authorities know more about this than they are saying.

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corgimom 07/29/14 - 07:31 am
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What whyme said. Good post.

What whyme said. Good post.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/29/14 - 07:39 am
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Location of trail

https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&t=h&msa=0&msid=11365682394...

This is not a "park"; it is a fairly rugged trail through national forest.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/29/14 - 07:54 am
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Gargoyle

Your hunting license did not "buy" national forest land any more than your driver's license bought interstate highways. As far as WMA stamps go, I do not know of any activities beyond hunting that are allowed there; certainly not hiking/biking.
Also consider that on some of the federal land, there is a two week window at the beginning of the season when biking/hiking is off limits, giving hunters exclusive use.

Those federal lands are OUR lands, paid for out of taxes, not hunting fees, and are there for the general public's use. The hiking/biking/trail running groups spend thousands of man hours and dollars maintaining these trails for everyone's use, including the hunters who use them to access areas deeper in the woods.
All we have ever asked is some mutual respect.

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Airman 07/29/14 - 08:51 am
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Before reading this I am not

Before reading this I am not saying this happened to man in story, dont judge till you get the facts

Back in the 70's I knew a guy, upstanding citizen, pillar of the church, married, other words nice guy. In real life he was a fraud. He trolled rest areas for sex with other men, got an STD and claimed he had stopped to take a leak in the rest area and was raped. He told his wife it was too embarrassing to go to the Police. 6 months later doing his trolling he propositioned an undercover state patrolman and was arrested and exposed.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/29/14 - 09:35 am
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Yeah, and not too long ago

Yeah, and not too long ago there was that doctor killed in Augusta who met the killer on Craig's List.

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nocnoc 07/29/14 - 10:50 am
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Yeah...Uh Huh.

Sorry,

2 ways to look at it

#1 It is after dark, bike riding in the woods, has an accident, dazed, dreams up the rest.

#2 It happened, we are dealing with Homosexual rapists, that hunt recreational areas, and have enough guns to the point that they did not want or like Glocks.

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burninater 07/29/14 - 02:35 pm
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"Homosexual rapists"? Just

"Homosexual rapists"?

Just because you intend to injure someone below the belt doesn't make it an expression of sexual preference.

Does a boy kicking another boy in the crotch in the playground make him gay? Of course not.

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notsurprised 07/29/14 - 04:13 pm
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kicking another in the groin

kicking another in the groin during a fight and a sexual assault are two very different things. I understood the article to say they (he) were in the process of pulling the man's pants down as he woke up from the fall. One would not have a need to pull someones pants down to kick him in the groin. And, this is exactly why I find the story a little fishy. Not saying it couldn't happen i guess, just a little odd.

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