Accused ‘serial rapist’ behind bars, Richland Co. deputies looking for more victims
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The Richland County Sheriff’s Department reports a man has been arrested in connection with five sexual assault and robbery cases dating back over a year.
Sheriff Leon Lott said deputies arrested 29-year-old Antonious Randolph in connection with a series of sexual assaults and robberies spanning from November 2021 - January 2023.
Detectives started an investigation after an anonymous call about an attempted robbery at a home in Northeast Columbia in November 2021. The caller told detectives a man attempted to physically pull her into a home but she was able to flee.
Nearly a year later, another woman called RCSD to state she had been sexually assaulted at a home in Northeast Columbia after meeting someone on an app.
The woman reported that once she showed up at a house, a man held her at gunpoint and assaulted her. He also robbed her before she was allowed to leave, investigators stated.
Sheriff Lott added that in December 2022 and January 2023, two more women reported similar encounters in the same area. They each stated they were assaulted at knife-point and gun-point.
In January 2023, another woman reported an attempted assault where she fled a house after physically fighting off a man.
All women who reported an incident said he wore a mask to cover his face.
Randolph was identified by a deputy who saw him walking down a street in the area where the incidents took place. Deputies found Randolph carrying a knife, ski mask, and a sex toy.
After being interviewed by detectives, Randolph was arrested.
“There is no doubt that deputies prevented an assault this weekend,” Sheriff Lott said. “This monster seemed to be increasing how often he was preying on unsuspecting women. Over time, deputies have collected evidence from each of the attacks and now that we have Randolph identified, he can’t hide. I am asking anyone with information on assaults or encounters of any kind that were previously unreported to come forward. We will investigate every single case and charge accordingly.”
Randolph is being held at Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center on a $250,000 bond. He is being charged with two counts of kidnapping, assault and battery, criminal sexual conduct, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
Sheriff Lott asks that survivors, regardless of reporting these cases to law enforcement, contact Pathways to Healing to access resources that they may need. Pathways to Healing operates a 24-hour hotline and can be contacted at 803-771-7273. More information about the program can be found at pathwaystohealing.com.
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