The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is investigating the rape of a St. Helena woman that took place early Thursday morning.
Sheriff's deputies responded just after 4 a.m. to a reported sexual assault in the area of Tecumseh Ln. Deputies met with a 29-year-old female when they arrived. She told police that she had been raped by an unknown black male in the area of Seaside Rd. and Ballpark Rd.
According to the victim's report, she was walking home from a friend's house at approximately 3:30 a.m. when a white sedan pulled up and stopped in front of her. At first she thought it was someone she knew, but as a black male exited the vehicle and walked towards her, she realized it was no one she recognized.
The suspect then pulled the victim into the nearby woodline, where he sexually assaulted and threatened to kill her. The suspect got back into the waiting vehicle and fled the area after the attack. The victim ran home and called law enforcement.
The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 6'03", 200 lbs, wearing all dark clothing. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1.888.CRIME.SC or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).