Man wanted in Sumter County for assault on sleeping woman - - Columbia, South Carolina

Man wanted in Sumter County for assault on sleeping woman

Lashonda Monique Dennis (Source: Sumter County Sheriff's Office) Lashonda Monique Dennis (Source: Sumter County Sheriff's Office)

Deputies in Sumter County are looking for a man wanted in the assault of a woman while she slept.

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office is looking for Lashonda Dennis, 35, of Rembert.

Neighbors along Dais Road in Sumter County are shocked by what deputies say happened on the side of the road a couple months ago.

"To be honest with you, I really don't know what to say," said one neighbor.

The neighbor didn't want her face shown or name used out of fear for her safety since deputies are still looking for Dennis who's now one of the county's ten most wanted.

"How would he feel if it was his mother, or his sister, or his child," said the neighbor. "How would he feel about that?"

According to a sheriff's office incident report, the victim had been drinking at a party, and instead of driving home, she pulled over to sleep in the car.

Deputies said she woke up with bruises and cuts on her arms.

The report said another woman, who was with the suspect, witnessed the sexual assault - but didn't want to put herself in danger by interfering, so she waited until the next day to tell the victim what happened, who still didn't know.

Deputies took her to the hospital.

"We've talked to family members and friends, and no one seems to know where he is," said Major Allen Dailey with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office. "We're reaching out to Kershaw and Richland Counties. We've had some information that he might be in each one of those counties from time to time. Right now, I feel that it is very important that they come forward and people let the authorities know who it is and where he is, so he can give an account for what he did."

The incident report said Dennis even took pictures of himself during the sex act.

Major Dailey said it's important to put the suspect behind bars since he could strike again.

Anyone with info can call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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