On May 14, 2021, the victim was kidnapped from her home in Aiken County after the suspect, Thomas Taylor Chase, 18, threatened to “shoot up” her home if she did not go with him, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.
Chase allegedly grabbed the girl and pulled her through an open window in her bedroom and took her to another location where he locked her up in a storage shed.
According to police, while trapped in the shed, the victim said Chase offered her unspecified drugs, which she refused to take, and he allegedly punched her in the legs twice.
Chase did not provide the girl with any food or water nor did he ever leave her unattended, officials said.
On the afternoon of May 15, 2021, Chase finally left the victim alone in the shed and she was able to sneak out and return home.
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The girl told deputies she believed the suspect sexually assaulted her while she was asleep, officials said.
His bond was set at $20,000, and he faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
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