Crime

Police: Rock Hill man attacked, robbed after getting into car on I-77

A man who accepted a ride from three strangers in a car on Interstate 77 told Rock Hill police he was assaulted, robbed and dumped on the side of the road.

The 28-year-old victim said he was walking on the interstate near the Cherry Road on-ramp around 10 p.m. Tuesday when he was approached by three men in a four-door white Mercedes who offered him a ride. Once he got into the car, he said the man seated behind him put him in a chokehold while the driver elbowed him in the face, a police report states.

The third man then reportedly bound the man’s wrists with an unknown material and went through his pockets. The men took several rings and earrings the man was carrying, including a diamond ring on his finger and an earring from this left ear, along with a pink pocket knife. The items were valued at $1,225.

Once they had deprived the victim of his valuables, the men threw him out of the car on the side of the road and continued south on I-77, according to the report. The man told police he believes the car has a North Carolina tag.

When meeting with police later, the incident report notes the man had swelling around his left eye and several cuts to the sides of his wrists.

The incident is under investigation by the Rock Hill Police Department.

Bristow Marchant •  803-329-4062

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