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Aiken man charged with kidnapping after family held at gunpoint

May 7, 2019

An Aiken man turned himself in to police Saturday on charges issued after he reportedly used a gun to threaten his parents and brother the previous day during an incident at their residence on Interlachen Court.

Stephen Christopher Foreman, 28, is charged with kidnapping and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to jail records.

Aiken Public Safety officers responded to the location on Friday around 11 p.m. and met with three victims – a 65-year-old man, his 62-year-old wife and their 32-year-old son, according to the report.

The victims told investigators they were watching television when they heard a loud noise from the suspect’s bedroom upstairs.

They claimed to police the suspect came downstairs armed with a sawed-off shotgun and forced them to the corner of the room.

The report states the suspect allegedly threw tape to his brother, telling him to secure the parents and then himself. He also took the victim’s phones and started talking “jibberish,” which did not make sense to the victims.

After the victims were secured, the suspect reportedly went upstairs with keys to his older brother’s gun safe.

While the suspect was upstairs, the victims freed themselves, ran behind the home and used a phone, which one victim had hidden.

Investigators reported Foreman drove himself to Aiken Public Safety headquarters to turn himself in to police on Saturday.

Foreman was arrested and taken to the Aiken County Detention Center, where he is still being held Monday afternoon.