After a woman with a history of prostitution accused a Summerville preacher of kidnapping and raping her last week, North Charleston police detectives remembered an unsolved kidnapping and sexual assault that had been reported almost a year ago.
The similarities were striking.
In the case last week, on July 27, a 20-year-old woman said she was abducted at gunpoint and raped after she accepted a ride from a man in a white pickup truck as she walked down Midland Park Road near Stall Road. The victim told police she was a prostitute, police spokesman Spencer Pryor said. Also, she had been arrested in the past by North Charleston police for prostitution, he said.
After the rape, the man drove her to a wooded area near Carolina Commerce Parkway and told her to walk into the woods, warning that he would kill her if she looked back at him.
In the case last year, on Aug. 12, a 27-year-old woman reported she had been abducted at gunpoint and raped by a man who picked her up about 7 a.m. at a gas station on Ashley Phosphate Road.