Teen arrested following sex crime at graveyard

Florence, SC - FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Police have arrested a 15-year-old Florence boy after he allegedly forced a man to perform a sex act at gunpoint.

Florence Police Maj. Carlos Raines said the 29-year-old victim was walking on National Cemetery Road early Tuesday morning when the suspect, who was wearing a blue and white mask, began following him on a bicycle and talking to him. When the victim neared Mt. Hope Cemetery, the suspect allegedly forced the victim into the cemetery at gunpoint and told him to empty his pockets, and then forced him to his knees and made him perform oral sex on the suspect.

Raines said following the incident in the cemetery, the two got into a physical altercation and the victim wrestled the gun away from the suspect. The victim began walking to a nearby convenience store, and said the suspect again followed him.

The victim told investigators he witnessed the suspect get into a black Ford Taurus. The victim noted the license plate of the vehicle the teen was in and reported the incident to Florence Police.

Officers conducted a traffic stop of the suspect vehicle and found a blue and white bandana under the seat and arrested the teen after the victim made a positive identification. Investigators recovered a .22-caliber revolver from the victim.

The suspect is now in custody at the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia.

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