Accused kidnapper linked to church burglary; kidnapping victims speak

Published: Oct. 29, 2013 at 8:01 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 29, 2013 at 9:30 PM EDT
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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Williamsburg County investigators say a man accused of kidnapping a mother and daughter has been charged for a church burglary.

Officials with the Williamsburg County Sheriff's Office say 36-year-old Telly McClam has been charged with second-degree burglary in addition to charges related to the kidnapping of a woman and her daughter on Monday in Berkeley County.

Sheriff Michael Johnson said the burglary charges stem from an incident at a church in Salters about two weeks ago. In that incident, someone broke into the Union Baptist Church and stole televisions. Johnson said McClam pawned two of the three TV sets in a Moncks Corner pawn shop.

Investigators say the vehicle McClam was driving on Monday in the kidnapping incident, fit the description of the vehicle involved in the burglary.

One of the victims in Monday's alleged kidnapping, a 17-year-old girl, said she was raped by McClam, a registered sex offender who authorities say kidnapped the teen and her mother from Berkeley County.

The rape victim says she was sexually assaulted after she told the suspect she would not have sex with him.

"He said then this is where you're gonna die at, and he had the gun cocked in hand and everything, " Leandre Jenkins recalled.

McClam was her mother's ex-boyfriend. McClam is sitting in the Berkeley County Jail on Tuesday following a manhunt on Monday in Williamsburg County that ended in Lane, SC near railroad tracks.

The teenager and her mother, Deandrene McHoney, said they survived by cooperating with the suspect and doing a lot of praying. Leandre says her mom's ex-boyfriend kidnapped her at gunpoint from her grandmother's house, and then went to get her mom.

McHoney said she got in the car because she didn't want her daughter harmed.

"I didn't know where his mind was at," McHoney said."If he went as far as breaking into my mom's house to kidnap my child, who knows what he would have done?"

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office said they recovered the gun believed to be used by McClam during the kidnapping.

McClam was charged back in April with kidnapping and trying to kill McHoney, but she dropped the charges. According to the Williamsburg County Sheriff's Office, McClam gout out of jail 11 months ago after serving 15 years for a previous sexual assault.

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