Darlington authorities arrest man accused of tying up, assaulting girlfriend

Robert Kelly. Source: Darlington County Sheriff's Office
Robert Kelly. Source: Darlington County Sheriff's Office

DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Darlington County investigators have arrested a 53-year-old man that they say tied up his girlfriend and assaulted her last weekend.

According to an alert from the Darlington County Sheriff's Office, Robert Kelly, a registered sex offender, is facing kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct, first degree charges. Officials said that warrants have been issued.

A tip from a local citizen led to Kelly's arrest on East Old Camden on Saturday, DCSO officials confirmed on Facebook.

Deputies responded to the 1600 block of east Old Camden Road on the morning on Sunday, March 16. Officials say a domestic situation turned into a kidnapping and assault at that location. The victim was able to get free and call 911. She was taken to a nearby hospital and is okay, officials said.

"We don't think he has left this area. We think he is either hiding out with someone or hiding out in some remote location. He's probably still here in Darlington County or possibly the edge or Chesterfield County," said Darlington County Sheriff, Wayne Byrd.

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