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.