March 17, 2006

Kenneth Hinson Captured

*UPDATE 3/17/06*

Kenneth Hinson Captured

Kenneth Hinson was captured on Friday less than two miles away from his home. Hinson, 47, fled on foot after the girls escaped and called police. Although he was carrying a handgun, Hinson was arrested without incident after a neighbor spotted him, said Deputy U.S. Marshal Tim Stec.

Hinson, who is charged with kidnapping and rape, was captured after a resident saw him go to a house to get some water late Friday afternoon, said Chief Deputy Tom Gainey of the Darlington County Sheriff's Department.

Local, state and federal authorities, believing Hinson had not gone far, had been combing the woods near his rural home, about 50 miles northeast of Columbia, since Tuesday.



Kenneth Hinson is a 47- year old sexual predator on the run! Police in South Carolina are looking for Mr. Hinson, who is a convicted sex offender and suspected of raping two 17 year old girls in an underground dungeon behind his home.

US Marshal's reported that Kenneth Glenn Hinson was spotted last night near the Darlington-Chesterfield county line, but investigators were not able to catch him. Stec says investigators think Hinson is armed, on foot and still in the area.

Hinson was convicted of second-degree criminal sexual conduct in 1991 and shortly before his release from prison in 2000, the state attorney general recommended Hinson be committed indefinitely to a Department of Mental Health facility as a sexually violent predator. Clearly, that didn't happen.

WTOL News gave further details on the crime:

Police allege that Kenneth Hinson took a 17-year-old girl from a Darlington County mobile home while she was sleeping Monday night. Police say he bound her mouth, sexually assaulted her, then left her in the underground room. It's described as not much larger than a closet with a four-foot ceiling.

Police say Hinson later returned to the mobile home and took another 17-year-old girl, sexually assaulted her, then left.

The teens managed to wriggle free, get out of the shed, walk through some woods and flag down a passing motorist.

Anyone with information about Hinson’s whereabouts is asked to call the U.S. Marshals Service at (843) 662-0750 or (803) 765-5477, or the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office at (843) 398-4501.

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