DNA in Bluffton Case Matches Serial Rape Suspect

Ron Young
Ron Young

The suspected serial rapist is facing even more charges. The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office will serve Ron Young with warrants for a rape that occurred at Colonial Village in Bluffton. According to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Young's DNA matches evidence from a rape that happened on December 22.

On Wednesday, a Chatham County grand jury indicted Young on 31 charges. He's accused of raping and kidnapping five women at gunpoint in Chatham County. The new charges add criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and kidnapping.

"We knew the DNA from the South Carolina crime scene matched the DNA from the Georgia crime scenes," said Beaufort County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Debbie Szpanka. "So once we put a name to that DNA, we knew who it was. But for court purposes, we needed documentation from our South Carolina crime lab."

Young is now a suspect in sexual attacks on six women, with even more charges pending.

Reported by: Chris Cowperthwaite, ccowperthwaite@wtoc.com