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Man arrested for allegedly abducting woman from her home, raping her in Columbia

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A man was arrested early Wednesday morning for allegedly abducting a woman from her home by threatening her family and then raping her in Columbia.

And investigators said the woman was not his only victim.

Mr. Nathan Martinez, 35, was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and first degree burglary in the incident that happened last month, according to Columbia police.

He was arrested by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s Fugitive Task Force, Acting Police Chief Melron Kelly said in a news release.

Investigators said Mr. Martinez allegedly broke into the woman’s home near Leesburg Road through an unlocked door around 3:30 a.m. on March 25.

“Once inside the residence, Martinez allegedly tied up her hands and threatened to harm a family member,” Chief Kelly said.

The victim told police Mr. Martinez forced her to leave the home with him and drive to a location off of Air Base Road where the sexual assault occurred, Chief Kelly said.

Forest Acres Police Department has also charged Mr. Martinez in a similar case, the chief said.

That victim was able to help the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division produce a police sketch for the crime in Columbia, Chief Kelly said.

As a result, CPD’s victim recognized the person in the sketch and subsequently identified him as her attacker, Chief Kelly said.

Mr. Martinez was being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center Wednesday night, officials said.

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