Bond denied for man accused of sexual assault

Nathaniel "Nate" Antron Hunter (Source: Lexington Co. Detention Center)
Nathaniel "Nate" Antron Hunter (Source: Lexington Co. Detention Center)

WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Bond was denied for a man accused of breaking into a West Columbia apartment and attacking a woman and her daughter.

Nathaniel Hunter went before a circuit court judge Wednesday morning, where bond was denied.

When Hunter was arrested for a home invasion, attempted sexual assault and shooting in West Columbia, he was out on bond for a murder that happened more than seven years ago, and was not supposed to have a gun, according to court records.

Investigators say Hunter was involved in a shooting that left two people dead in Fairfield County in 2006. He was arrested four months later. In addition to the murder charge, he was charged with burglary and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Hunter was also out on bond for an indecent exposure charge from last year. He also pleaded guilty to an indecent exposure charge in Lexington County in 2011.

His criminal history dates back to 2002.

West Columbia Police Chief Tyndall says Hunter shot a woman several times in the upper body after breaking into her Comanchee Trail apartment through a sliding glass door. Tyndall says Hunter also tried to sexually assault her and her 6-year-old daughter.

The victim was able to fight off Hunter, investigators said.

Investigators arrested Hunter earlier this month and charged him 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.

He is being held at the Lexington County Detention Center.

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