Lancaster Sexual Assault Suspect Arrested

LANCASTER, SC — Deputies have arrested a Rock Hill man who is facing multiple charges related to a January sexual assault case.

Tomtarius Caldwell, 21, is charged with First Degree Burglary, First Degree Assault with Intent to Commit Criminal Sexual Conduct, and Possession of a Knife During the Commission of a Violent Crime. The charges stem from a January 18th incident that occurred at a woman’s home on Greenbriar Drive, according to officials.

According to reports, a woman reported that someone had broken into her home around 6am while she was in the shower and attacked her when she entered her bedroom. Officials say the suspect, later identified as Caldwell, hit the woman in the face and chased her throughout the house. Caldwell was threatening to shoot the victim if she did not have sex with him, but only ever produced a knife during the struggle, according to officials.

The victim eventually managed to retreat into her bathroom, officials say, locked the door and escaped out of the window. Deputies say she scaled a fence to get to a neighbor’s home and called for help.

Investigators say DNA evidence found at the scene led them to naming Caldwell as the suspect. Caldwell, who officials say was also identified as an acquaintance of a member of the victim’s family, agreed to meet with detectives for questioning on Tuesday. Following the interview, Caldwell was arrested and charged.

“This brave lady struggled for her life for what I am sure seemed like forever,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “I am so thankful she was able to escape her attacker and get out of that house before a very bad situation became much worse. The fight she put up directly resulted in the recovery of the evidence which allowed us to identify Caldwell as her attacker. I want to thank all the officers in this department who worked long and hard chasing leads to get this case solved.”