NEWBERRY — A 24-year-old Newberry man remained in jail on Tuesday in connection with the kidnapping and assault of an elderly woman a week ago.
Anthony Maurice Wise, of 604 Green Meadow Drive, was charged with burglary, kidnapping, armed robbery, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, and grand larceny. Bond was denied. Jail records indicate that Wise was on probation for a drug-related offense.
“I cannot say enough about the incredible job done by the entire investigative team,” Sheriff Lee Foster said. “All involved worked tirelessly and for countless hours to bring this suspect to justice. The investigators used every available resource including technology, forensics, and a great working knowledge of the community and environment to make an arrest in this case.”
According to previous reports:
A 73-year-old woman reported to the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office that a man — identified as Wise — was lying in the seat of her vehicle when she opened the door on Wednesday. The man kicked her in the chest then forced her inside her Green Meadows Drive home where he bound her with Duct tape and a phone cord.
The man took money and jewelry then forced her, still bound, into her vehicle and drove her around demanding money from an ATM. He took her back to her home and demanded more money and property before he left in the victim’s vehicle.
The woman was able to remove some of the bindings and called 911. She was still partially restrained with the Duct tape and telephone cord when deputies and investigators with the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office arrived at her home around 10:30 p.m. Sept. 21.
She had marks around her neck and legs where she had been restrained. She did receive medical treatment and was released from the hospital with a broken collar bone and minor injuries.
The vehicle was found near Boyd’s Crossing Road. The NCSO, with assistance from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, could not locate the suspect using bloodhounds but the vehicle was taken to the Newberry County Sheriff Office crime lab for processing. The Newberry City Police Department offered assistance throughout the investigation.
“I find it especially despicable for someone to not just rob an elderly person but to physically assault and injure them as well,” said Foster. “He could have gotten her money and property without injuring her, but he chose to inflict additional injury and pain on the victim, particularly since he knew her and lived in the same community.”
Foster said assistance from other law enforcement agencies helped them close the case.
“We are pleased to bring this suspect to justice,” said Foster. “This is what law enforcement agencies working together with the community united with cutting edge techniques can accomplish together.”