Walterboro suspect introduced himself, then raped 62-year-old woman

A police sketch of a man accused of sexually assaulting a Walterboro woman.
A police sketch of a man accused of sexually assaulting a Walterboro woman.

WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC) - By Harve Jacobs  bio | email | Twitter

WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC) - Police are looking for a man suspected of raping a 62-year-old woman over the weekend.

According to Walterboro police, the attack happened around 8 a.m. Sunday in a wooded area off Sweat Street.

The victim told police that she was walking from her residence towards a nearby nursing home when a man walked up behind her and startled her. The victim said that the man told her his name was "Thomas" and he went to shake hands with her. As the victim moved to shake his hand, he grabbed it, covered her mouth with his other hand and forced her into the woods.

At that time, the victim said he removed her clothes and sexually assaulted her. The man then took her clothes and retreated deeper into the woods. The victim then ran out of the woods and went to Franklin Smalls' home for help.

"When I came around she recognized me and she said 'Mr. Smalls help me,' " he recalled. "I said 'what's wrong?' She said 'I was raped.' She kept saying she was raped. I realized she didn't have on any clothes. She had her shoes in her hand."

Grinder Lee Frasier lives on Sweat Street. She was shocked to hear about the sexual assault.

"Makes me want to stay in the house now, because I used to walk," Frasier said. "I stopped walking now after I heard that on Sunday morning."

Officers found the victim's clothes in the woods. They are being tested for possible DNA from the suspect.

If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111. You don't have to give your name and may earn a cash reward.

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