Bond denied for West Ashley rape suspect

Authorities arrest a man suspected in a rape and abduction case in West Ashley.
Authorities arrest a man suspected in a rape and abduction case in West Ashley.
Marion Lamont Brown
Marion Lamont Brown

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - The man accused of carjacking a 25-year-old woman in the parking lot of a medical building in West Ashley last month and then raping her was denied bond Thursday afternoon.

Charleston County Sheriff's Deputies arrested 21-year-old Marion Lamont Brown of Johns Island on Wednesday afternoon. Investigators say an artist's sketch and DNA evidence led them to Brown.

Investigators say Brown has six charges pending against him which include second-degree criminal sexual conduct, grand larceny of a motor vehicle, kidnapping and second-degree assault and battery.

A judge denied bond on all three charges of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping. Brown received $25,000 bonds on the assault and battery and grand larceny charges.

In bond court Thursday, a detective with the sheriff's office told the judge that Brown told her that if they let him out, he would flee to Georgia.

A close friend of the victim, who is an attorney, read a statement from her to the judge. Brian Burke said her life, career and marriage had been severely emotionally affected.

"The memory of this horrific event will be carried with me for the rest of my life," Burke read from the victim's statement. "Never in a million years did I think something like this would ever happen to me, let alone happen in the middle of the day while I was working," the statement went on to say.

After the court hearing Brown's father said his son has a history of medical problems and is on several medications.

"The medicines the doctors prescribed for him, he ain't functioning, he's functioning like a child's mind, not a grown up mind [sic]," said Marion Brown Jr.

The sheriff's office says that two witnesses identified Brown in a photo line-up and that a DNA test was a factor in Brown's arrest. Authorities say Brown carjacked and sexually assaulted a woman in West Ashley on May 23.

According to Major John Clark, the incident happened around 3 p.m. in the parking lot of West Ashley Primary Care, located on Ashley Crossing Drive.

The victim told authorities that a black male forced his way into her car and made her drive to an abandoned house on Sunnyvale Avenue, where he forced her to remove her clothing before sexually assaulting her.

Brown's rap sheet shows that he has been previously convicted of several crimes, including assault and battery with intent to kill back in 2006.

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