Police: Rock Hill teen drugged, raped at York motel

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comNovember 6, 2013 

— A “barely” conscious Rock Hill teenager told police two men sexually assaulted her at a York motel after they stopped her from leaving the room and forced her to take a pill last week, authorities say.

At about 11 p.m. Friday, emergency dispatchers contacted the Sheriff’s Office and York Police after receiving complaints about a sexual assault at the York Motor Lodge on Chester Highway, according to police reports. A deputy spoke with the victim, 18, who was barely awake in the back of an ambulance. She told the deputy that she went to a party with two men, later identified by York police as a 46-year-old man and a 34-year-old man, expecting that there would be other women at the gathering. But she was the only female, police say.

The victim tried to leave, but was told she could not until she took a pill. Minutes later, she was assaulted, a York County Sheriff’s report states. The deputy spoke with three witnesses who claimed the teen went to a restaurant with one of the men and his niece in Rock Hill. One of the witnesses told police he received a call from the victim at about 10 p.m. She told him she had been sexually assaulted and asked him to pick her up and take her home.

A York Police detective took over the investigation and learned that one of the suspects rented a room at the lodge, according to a York Police report. The motel manager told police the suspect drove a dark-colored Sedan that was still in the parking lot. He said the victim told him she had been raped and appeared to be very upset.

Arrests have not been made, and police continue to investigate, said York Police Det. Rich Caddell.

Authorities are waiting on results from toxicology tests to determine what pill might have been in her system, he said. They are also waiting for results from a sexual assault kit, but expect to finish interviews with victims this week.

The victim told police that the suspects were family friends, Caddell said.

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