A Fort Mill man was arrested and charged with kidnapping last week after authorities said he tied his girlfriend's ankles and arms, gagged her and put her in the trunk of his car.
Authorities said Brian Timothy Cobb, 37, then drove his 18-year-old girlfriend to a parking lot and left her there, according to a report from the York County Sheriff's Office. Cobb was arrested Thursday, April 24, the day after the alleged kidnapping.
Cobb, of 510 Botley Court, is charged with kidnapping and criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, the report states.
Between midnight and 3 a.m. last Wednesday, the victim told police, she was sending her ex-boyfriend an e-mail when a suspicious Cobb read the e-mail, according to the report.
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The report states Cobb started calling the victim insulting names before he used a rope to tie her ankles and wrists. He put a gag in the victim's mouth, put her in the trunk of his 1998 Honda Civic and drove away from the couple's apartment.
The victim told police Cobb stopped driving, pulled her out of the trunk, placed her on the ground of a parking lot believed to be near Gold Hill Elementary School and drove off. Later, Cobb returned and opened the back car door, and the victim crawled inside the car, she told police.
The report states Cobb untied the victim and took the gag out of her mouth before they went back in the apartment. Once inside, the victim told police that Cobb told her to clean up and go to bed, according to the report.
When Cobb left for work later Wednesday morning, the girlfriend sought help. Authorities found the rope used in the incident, the report states. The girlfriend told police the rope was stained with blood from a previous assault.
Sheriff's Capt. Jerry Hoffman said the victim did not require medical attention.
"An incident of this nature is not common," he said.
A kidnapping charge can carry up to a 30-year sentence while the criminal domestic violence charge can bring up to a 10-year sentence, 16th Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett said.
Cobb did not have a criminal record in South Carolina before Wednesday, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.
Cobb had been held at the York County Detention Center and was released on a $10,000 bond Friday, April 25, according information on the York County 16th Circuit Web site.