Affidavit: N. Charleston rape, kidnapping suspect forced woman into car at knifepoint

Affidavit: N. Charleston rape, kidnapping suspect forced woman into car at knifepoint
Maurice Prioleau was wanted in connection with a rape and kidnapping (Source: NCPD)
Maurice Prioleau was wanted in connection with a rape and kidnapping (Source: NCPD)

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - A man wanted for allegedly raping a woman who surrendered to police on Wednesday forced the victim into his car at knifepoint, according to the affidavit

Maurice J. Prioleau was denied bond on two charges and given a $300,000 bond on a robbery charge Wednesday morning.

Prioleau was wanted in reference to an incident which also included kidnapping, according to police spokesman Spencer Pryor, who characterized Prioleau as a "violent rapist."

The female victim was found inside a gas station in the 5300 block of Rivers Avenue on Aug. 13, according to the incident report.

"It's been terrifying," the victim said after bond court Wednesday. "It's been a terrifying experience and if there's anyone else out there that has been hurt by this monster and can help put him away for the rest of his life, I'd feel safer."

A separate crime scene was later found in the 2000 block of Harley Street where officers found the woman's personal taser next to some wooden pallets, the report stated. This was near the Liberty Mall Shopping Center on River's Avenue and he forced the woman to perform oral sex on him, the affidavit stated.

According to court documents Prioleau was found not guilty of rape in two other separate incidents.

The incident report say he approached a woman who was looking for scrap wood in the dumpster near this shopping center late at night. She said she needed the wood to fix her floor because it was not leveled.

Police say the suspect asked if she smoked and offered her ecstasy pills and she said no to both.

Prioleau pulled out a folding knife and held it to the victim's throat and threatened to kill her if she didn't give him her car or perform sexual acts with him, the report says. According to the affidavit, the victim begged for her life and Prioleau threatened to cut her if she didn't comply.

Police said the suspect made the woman get into her car. While he was trying to close the trunk she left a voicemail with a friend to get help, the report states

Authorities say when the light wouldn't go out in the car, he forced the woman to go behind one of the buildings where he raped her and bashed the victim's head on a concrete block multiple times.

She ran to the nearby BP station after the incident.

The report states her car was stolen but was later recovered about five minutes down the road at Montague and Mixon Avenue.

The victim says she tried to use her taser but she wasn't able to get it to work. When the victim was presented with a lineup of six people 10 days later, she identified Prioleau as the suspect, according to the affidavit.

"He came out from behind a building like a monster in the dark," the victim said.

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