Suspect held bag over assault victim's mouth

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A Hemingway man was taken into custody after a woman claims he broke into her home and stood naked outside her shower.

The victim reported to Georgetown County Sheriff's Office that she got out of the shower on the morning of Sept. 2 to find a former classmate standing in her bathroom fully nude.

When the victim asked the suspect what he was doing in her home, he reportedly put a black bag over her mouth and said, "If you don't give me what I want, I'll take you and your grandmother."

The victim's grandmother was in the home and offered the suspect money, but he demanded that she retreat to her room. The victim, still struggling under the bag over her face, began stomping on the suspect's feet and struggling to get away.

When the victim was finally loosed, she ran to a neighbor's home and called 911. She says the suspect dressed himself and then fled down the road to a waiting vehicle.

The victim was treated on scene by EMS for the slit to her lip and leg injury incurred in the altercation with the suspect.

The suspect, 38-year-old Jamal Beckman, was taken into custody Wednesday morning and charged with criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and burglary, in addition to vehicle registration charges.

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