Bond set at nearly half-a-million dollars for Sangaree kidnapping suspect
SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Bond was set at nearly half-a-million dollars Thursday night for a 36-year-old man accused of tying up and torturing a 21-year-old man at a home in Sangaree.
A judge set a $460,000 bond for Rueben Alton Gretton of Summerville who faces charges of kidnapping, first-degree assault, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and manufacturing marijuana. Investigators with the assistance of the U.S. Marshall's Fugitive Task Force arrested Gretton on Wednesday.
During Thursday night's bond hearing, the victim's mother spoke and said she was fearing her family's safety.
"He may finish what he tried to do the other night," the victim's mother told the judge."I'm very fearful for my son's life."
When Gretton attempted to give his side of the incident during the hearing, the presiding judge said,"I know what you are, your record is right there son, you are a violent felon that's what you are."
Gretton's arrest stems from an incident on Oct. 3 at 12:14 a.m. when deputies responded to a residential back door alarm at a home on Village Green Circle.
Around 1:16 a.m., additional deputies responded to a home on Salem Court to meet the victim, a 21-year-old man, who said Gretton had held him against his will by binding him up using rope, wire ties and surgical tubing at Gretton's home on Village Green Circle.
Deputies say they observed red marks around the victim's throat and wrists. In addition, BCSO officials say the victim had cigarette burns on his body.
The victim said he was walking around the neighborhood and met Gretton in front of the suspect's home. The victim told deputies that Gretton asked him if "he did not mind having a talk with him about stuff."
Authorities say the victim knew Gretton because he sometimes cuts his lawn.
According to the victim, Gretton told him to come in the garage, and when the victim went into the garage, Gretton took out a gun; the victim said he thought it was fake since it had an orange tip.
An incident report states that after Gretton showed the gun, he took out a shotgun and pointed it to the victim's head, and threatened him with it.
The victim said Gretton told him to strip down and get in a bed. The victim told investigators when he got on the bed, Gretton started to tie him up; deputies say the victim still had a few zip ties on him as they were speaking to him.
The victim said Gretton told him several times that he was going to kill him if he tried to get out of the ties. A sheriff's office report states Gretton then licked the victim's face where he had been crying, and said he would kill him then commit a sexual act on his body.
The sheriff's office says Gretton allegedly beat the victim and burned him with a lit cigarette.
According to the victim, a woman was also present during the incident. The victim said the woman walked in while Gretton was binding him and heard her ask Gretton if he was going to kill him.
The victim said he also heard Gretton and the woman talking about going to a bar down the road.
The sheriff's office report states when Gretton and the woman left the victim locked up in a room, the victim was able to escape the zip ties, grab some of Gretton's clothes and run out through the back of the home which set off an alarm.
When deputies went to Gretton's home to investigate, they did not find Gretton but a pot plant growing in the backyard which the victim had alerted authorities to earlier.
While deputies were patrolling the area, they found the female who was allegedly present during the incident. The woman said she never went into Gretton's home, but was in the backyard with the suspect talking.
The woman said at one point, Gretton said that he had to run some errands. The woman told investigators that she then left and went to McDonald's, and later returned around "midnight or 1 a.m." to meet Gretton so they could go to a nearby bar. According to the woman, they were going to drive separately to the location.
The woman said she never met Gretton at the bar since a deputy had located her. When the woman was asked if she had any contact with Gretton, she said "Yes" and had texted him "Cops at your house!"
Authorities say while deputies were on scene, Gretton's estranged wife arrived at the home and said Gretton had called her advising that he needed to go to the VA hospital because he was going to harm himself.
Deputies say Gretton's wife said she tried to get a location of where he was, but he kept hanging up on her. Detectives reported locating the victim's clothing and wallet and other evidence at Gretton's home.
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