(I originally found this story on Stephanie’s Journal.)
Two men, Dustin Evans and Jeremy Sweat, have been arrested in Clarendon county, South Carolina accused of a vicious attack on a 15 year old girl. Here is the story,
Investigators say inside the mobile home, the victim was choked and had her neck cut with a knife before she was repeatedly raped by the two men.
They then forced her into a shower, told her to turn around and began stabbing her. The teenager fell into the bathtub and played dead.
She played dead and overheard the men talking about getting some trash bags and dumping her body in a lake. That’s when her attackers left.
Then she ran away, climbing over the back fence to get help next door. Oather Webster tells what happened next, “I could hear somebody stumbling and banging on the wall as they were going down the porch.”
The girl was soaked in blood and pounding on Webster’s house, begging to be let in, “I had this blood-soaked figure come bolting in the house.” (WIS 10, Columbia, SC)
It is rather amazing that this young woman had the presence of mind to get away from these guys given the severity of the attack. Further interviews with the suspects also lead authorities to connect them to another attack on a 45 year old Black woman, and after the publicity of the case some local Black women came forward and said that had been approached as well.
The local authorities believe that the crime was a hate crime,
Jeremy Sweat, 24, who is white, told officers two days after the July 3 incident that the victim, a black female, was “someone society wouldn’t care about, wouldn’t be missed,” said Lt. Tommy Burgess of the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Department.
Sweat and another suspect also are charged in connection with the June 20 kidnapping and rape of a 45-year-old Summerton woman who is black.
Burgess said the department has classified both sexual assaults as hate crimes, according to criteria set up under the National Incident-Based Reporting System, a voluntary national crime database.
However, the hate crime charge will carry no legal consequence because South Carolina does not have a hate crime statute.
You can read more about this case at Clarendon Today.