Deputies make arrest in kidnapping, sexual battery case

Samuel Earnest Aaron

Lexington County deputies have arrested a man accused of robbing, kidnapping and committing sexual battery against a woman last month.

Samuel Earnest Aaron, 52, is charged with criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and strong armed robbery, according to arrest warrants.

“Based on information detectives gathered, Aaron offered a woman a ride home as she walked along South Lake Drive Jan. 9,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “Investigators determined Aaron drove the woman to a wooded area in the 500 block of Bluefield Road and sexually assaulted her.”

Aaron then stole jewelry from the woman, according to the warrants.

“Detectives identified Aaron and the vehicle he was driving by reviewing surveillance video recorded the day of the incident,” Koon said.

Aaron was arrested Wednesday. He’s being held in the Lexington County Detention Center on $175,000 bond.

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