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The Fort Mill Police issues this alert about a sexual assault:

On January 30, 2021, at approximately 12:50PM, a sexual assault incident occurred at a residence located within the Fort Mill Townhomes, 200 Drane Circle, Fort Mill, South Carolina.

At that time, officers responded to the scene, made contact with the female victim, and began an investigation into the incident. As of this date, information has been obtained, and confirmed, that justifies the issuance of a safety advisory to the public.

The suspect, who was unknown to the victim, is described as a dark-complected black male, approximately 5 feet-six inches tall, medium build, and possibly in the late twenties to early thirties age range. He was wearing a hunting-patterned camouflage jacket, black hooded sweatshirt, dark colored pants, black work boots, and a dark colored medical face mask with white or light colored ear loops.

The suspect, gained entry into the victim’s residence by knocking on her front door, and announcing that he had somehow received, and was in possession of, her W-2 tax forms. As the victim opened her door, the suspect forcibly entered her apartment, displayed a weapon, and threatened her with physical harm if she did not comply with his demands. At the first opportunity, following the assault, the victim fled from her residence on foot, and requested assistance from someone that she located nearby. During that same time, the suspect apparently fled from the area as well.

An intensive investigation is continuing, and no further details are available at this time. Additional information will be provided as it develops.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Criminal Investigations Division of the Fort Mill Police Department, at 803-547-2022, or Crime Stoppers of York County, at 877-409-4321.

Mac Banks is a 21-year newspaper veteran, working mostly for the Rock Hill Herald/Fort Mill Times as well as the Aiken Standard and the Lancaster News. He has won more than 60 awards from the S.C. Press...