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Police arrest Warrenville man connected to 2018 rape, kidnapping investigation

January 15, 2019

An Warrenville man was charged Friday in connection with a 2018 sexual assault investigation involving a woman.

Charles Edward Upson Jr., 24, of the 300 block of Pine Street, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping, according to jail records.

On Nov. 20, 2018, Aiken County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Aiken Regional Medical Centers to meet with the victim, according to the report.

The victim claimed the suspect, who is an acquaintance, stopped by her home for a visit and the two started watching a movie, the report states.

At some point, the suspect went into her bedroom. Not long after, the victim said she then walked to the bedroom, where she found the suspect sleeping.

She said she decided to not wake the suspect and just get into bed alongside him to go to sleep, according to the report.

The victim told investigators the next thing she remembers is waking up to the suspect on top of her, the report states.

In an attempt to free herself, the victim said she tried to fight with the suspect, but he grabbed her by her wrist, held her down and continued to sexually assault her, the report said.

As the suspect was assaulting her, the victim claimed she managed to finally push him hard enough to get him off of her and, as quickly as she could, ran to her father’s room to retrieve his gun, according to the report.

She returned to the bedroom with the gun, but was overpowered by the suspect again. The suspect then continued to sexually assault her, the report states.

Once the suspect was finished assaulted the victim, he went to use the bathroom. The victim then managed to regain control of the gun and chased the suspect out of the residence, firing the gun three times in his direction, the report states.

The suspect fled the scene and a nearby neighbor came outside after hearing the gunshots to find the victim in the front yard of her home crying, holding the weapon and claiming she had just been raped, according to the report.

The neighbor wrapped the victim up in a bed sheet and took her directly to the hospital.

Since the victim knew the suspect well, she identified him as Upson to investigators, police reported.

Warrants were then issued for Upson’s arrest, but he was not located by police until Friday.

Officers with the Aiken Department of Public Safety received a tip that Upson was on Park Avenue in downtown Aiken parked in a Chevy Impala.

Upson was located without incident and taken to the Aiken County detention center, where he was charged and remains in custody as of Monday afternoon.

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