Crime & Courts

Police: Witnesses see Fort Mill man kidnap, assault woman at knife point

Wylie Rock Hill Police

A Fort Mill man kidnapped a woman at knife point Tuesday and raped her, as bystanders and motorists witnessed parts of the attack, according to Rock Hill police.

Antonio Ravion Wylie, 23, was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, kidnapping and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to a police report. He is in the Rock Hill city jail after a judge denied bond.

Witnesses called 911 to report that a man was forcing a woman into a white car near Cherry Road and Evergreen Circle at about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, and that the woman was screaming for help, according to the report. Multiple witnesses reported seeing the vehicle traveling on Evergreen Circle.

One witness told officers she was pulling onto Evergreen Circle from the Commons at Winthrop Shopping Center and saw the white Chevrolet parked in the middle of the road. She waited for the car to move before she left the parking lot and saw a male passenger physically assaulting the female driver.

The woman was able to open the door, stick her foot out and yell for help, the witness said. She heard the woman yell, “He has a knife!” and “He is stabbing me!”

The man reportedly forced his way into the driver’s seat and pushed the woman into the passenger seat before taking off in the car, police said.

Another driver said she pulled onto Evergreen Circle and saw the car parked in the road with its hazard flashers on, police said. When the vehicle didn’t move, she tried to drive around it and saw a man “beating the crap” out of a woman. The car then sped off down Evergreen Circle toward Marydale Lane.

Investigators named Wylie as the suspect. Officers went to a home on Springdale Road and found Wylie, whom they arrested. Police say they also found the knife used during the assault.

The woman did not need to be treated for any injuries, said Capt. Mark Bollinger, police spokesman. “The totality of the circumstances made it domestic violence high and aggravated,” he said.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala