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North Augusta man charged in kidnapping investigation

October 9, 2018

A North Augusta man was charged last week following a kidnapping investigation at a Weston Street home in North Augusta.

Maurice Antwain Diggs, 39, of Weston Street, is charged with kidnapping, according to jail records.

Diggs is also on a hold for Edgefield County, records show.

On Oct. 3, North Augusta Public Safety officers responded around 1:45 p.m. to 1108 Weston St. after receiving a 911 call about a woman being held at knife point inside the house, according to the report.

Officers arrived at the scene and set up a perimeter. One officer then used a loud speaker to call the suspects out of the house, the report states.

Two women and a man came outside and were detained for questioning.

The two women spoke with investigators, saying the male suspect became angry over missing money and accused the two of them of stealing it.

They said the suspect had a beige long gun, which he left in the house when police arrived.

One of the women said the suspect blocked the door and told her to take off her clothes, which she did out of fear.

The other woman said she hid in a back bedroom and waited for police to arrive, the report states.

Officers then spoke with Diggs, who claimed the two women did “sexual favors” for narcotics and that’s why they were in his house, police reported.

Diggs was arrested on Oct. 3 and taken to the Aiken County detention center, where he was still being held Monday afternoon.

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