Bond denied for Nathaniel Antron Hunter - - Columbia, South Carolina

Bond denied for man accused of shooting, trying to sexually assault woman

Nathaniel "Nate" Antron Hunter (Source: Lexington Co. Detention Center) Nathaniel "Nate" Antron Hunter (Source: Lexington Co. Detention Center)
Hunter hides his face in court. (Source: Will Whitson) Hunter hides his face in court. (Source: Will Whitson)

A Columbia man who was arrested in connection with an attempted sexual assault and shooting over the weekend in West Columbia will stay in jail for the time being.

A judge denied bond for 31-year-old Nathaniel "Nate" Antron Hunter Friday morning.

When he entered the courtroom, Hunter refused to step forward because of the TV cameras in the room. The judge demanded Hunter come forward, which he eventually did, but with his shirt over his head.

In court, Hunter told the judge he's the nephew of Richland County Council members, and that he didn't do what he's accused of doing.

Hunter also told the judge he is a college student and cannot afford an attorney.

The judge stated Hunter has been arrested ten times in the past.

West Columbia Police Chief Dennis Tyndall said investigators charged Hunter with attempted murder, two counts of kidnapping, burglary, criminal sexual conduct with a minor (third-degree), armed robbery, possession of a firearm by certain persons unlawful, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

On Sunday, a woman was shot several times in the upper body after a man broke into her Comanchee Trail apartment through a sliding glass door and tried to sexually assault her and her 6-year-old daughter, Tyndall said.

The victim was able to fight off the man.

Hunter is being held at the Lexington County Detention Center.

The woman is still in the hospital and is in stable condition.

News 10's Will Whitson was in court and will have a full report tonight on the News at 6.

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