A Columbia man is facing charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in an encounter with a West Columbia woman back in May.
Lexington County Sheriff's Major John Allard says the suspect arrested is 23-year-old Denzil Jones.
“Arrest warrants allege that at about 12 a.m. on May 31st, Jones unlawfully confined the 23-year-old woman in her home at gunpoint and forced the woman to perform a sexual act on him,” Allard says.
“Jones told the woman that he would kill her if she tried to leave her home. Jones took the woman's cellular telephone and left the residence.”
Allard says the woman told deputies she had talked with Jones on a regular basis after meeting him a month earlier at a convenience store in Cayce, and she invited him to her home.
Jones is also charged with kidnapping and possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
He was already being held without bond at the Richland County jail on arrest warrants for sexual assaults that are separate from the Lexington County incident.