The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department arrested Paul Thomas Rawl Jr. on Tuesday. He’s been charged with kidnapping, first-degree criminal sexual conduct and criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. The sheriff’s department said he held his 52-year-old girlfriend captive in a Pelion home — about 20 miles southwest of Columbia — from July 1 until Monday.
“They broke up, and they recently got back together,” Lexington Sheriff James R. Metts told CNN affiliate WIS. “This time, things weren’t the same. He kidnapped her, and wouldn’t let her leave.”
Major John Allard of the sheriff’s department told CNN that the victim was never reported missing to his agency.
The arrest warrant alleges that Rawl, who is also 52, confined his victim to a bedroom that he kept under surveillance and barricaded shut. The victim has not been named.