Dalzell man arrested in kidnapping, assault
SUMTER COUNTY, SC - Sumter County deputies arrested a Dalzell man on Wednesday for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 78-year-old woman twice during a 12-hour period between Tuesday and Wednesday.
Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis said the incident started at the victim's residence in Scenic Lake Mobile Home Park, Dalzell, about 5 p.m. Tuesday when 66-year-old Edward Earl McElveen knocked on her door asking for food.
The victim, who lived next door to McElveen, let him into her residence where they began to have a conversation, Dennis said.
Dennis said the victim did not suspect that McElveen would attack her.
She said McElveen went to the restroom and came out holding a firearm, he said. The suspect then taped her wrists and arms and sexually assaulted her, Dennis said.
He said McElveen forcibly took the victim to his residence, which is next door to the victim's home in the mobile home park, where he sexually assaulted her a second time.
The victim said she fell asleep after the assault, and McElveen left the residence between 2 and 3 a.m. on Wednesday morning, Dennis said.
During that time, the victim was able to escape to a neighbor's house about 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday by removing some of the tape from her arms and wrists, he said.
Dennis said the victim did not suffer any life-threatening injuries. She is being treated for cuts, abrasions and bruises at Palmetto Health Tuomey, he said. She also has bruising on her neck indicating that she was choked, he said.
According to a news release from the sheriff's office, authorities arrested McElveen without incidence after they located him walking along the roadway in the neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon.
A small handgun, described by the victim, was found on him when he was apprehended, Dennis said.
He said no one had come forward with information about the incident as of Wednesday evening.
Dennis said the victim and McElveen had been in a relationship for about a year and had separated about a month before the assault. He said based on the victim's statements, the relationship was intimate.
McElveen, of 5350 Scenic Lake Drive West, Lot 26, is charged with being a felon in possession of a weapon; criminal sexual conduct, first degree; and kidnapping.
Dennis said McElveen was also convicted of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature on Sept. 1, 2005, in North Charleston. And he registered as a sex offender in Sumter County in December 2016, he said.
McElveen refused to give a DNA sample, but one is on file with the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division because he is a registered sex offender, according to the release. He will have a first appearance hearing at 2 p.m. Friday at Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.
The release also states there is no reason to think this reported assault is connected to the disappearance of 80-year-old Barbara Nave, who has been missing since Feb. 9.
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