Suspect surrenders in sexual assault, attempted murder

Gary Wayne Woodside Jr. (Berkeley County Sheriff's Office)
Gary Wayne Woodside Jr. (Berkeley County Sheriff's Office)

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A Bonneau Beach man wanted for kidnapping, sexual assault and a shooting has turned himself in to Bonneau Beach's police chief. Gary Wayne Woodside Jr., 44, turned himself in to Chief Franco Fuda Monday evening.

Berkeley County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dan Moon says two women in their thirties told investigators they were abducted from the Moncks Corner area Saturday and dropped off along the same road they were taken from.

According to the incident report, Woodside allegedly broke into the homes of one of the victims. Deputies reported a trail of blood coming from the steps of the house.

Deputies say the women told them that one of them was sexually assaulted by Woodside.

Investigators also said that Woodside shot the other woman in the arm during the kidnapping.

"I think he needs to be locked up, the need to find him, he's a danger to the community," said Charles Holley, a neighbor of the suspect.

Woodside has a long criminal history. He was arrested in November 1999 for criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, second degree burglary, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and kidnapping.

On April 24, 2000, he was convicted of kidnapping and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. he was sentenced to 11 years in prison and four years probation.

In Nov. 2010 he was arrested again for criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.

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