Crime

Man charged with raping woman at Rock Hill gas station

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Henry York County Sheriff’s Office

A Charlotte man is accused of raping a woman who was under the influence of heroin and told police she met the suspect to purchase drugs.

Mark Duane Henry, 36, was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and possession with intent to distribute a schedule I drug, according to jail records. He remained in the York County Detention Center on Wednesday under $500,000 bond.

Rock Hill officers on Friday responded to a gas station on the 2900 block of Celanese Road, where a woman was seen passed out behind the wheel of a car at a gas pump, according to a police report. The caller told dispatch a man, later identified as Henry, got into her car. He began “assaulting” the woman and “touching her inappropriately while he used his phone to take photos,” according to witness statements.

Henry left the woman unconscious in her vehicle, police said. An officer arrived and found the woman unresponsive in the car with her left sleeve rolled up and a syringe beside the driver’s seat.

A small plastic bag in the console contained .08 grams of black tar heroin, police said. Officers asked the victim how much heroin she injected and she said “not that much.” Police say they also found “numerous” syringes in the car and a metal spoon used to heat heroin.

When the officer told the woman she had been sexually assaulted, she “became emotional and said she was unaware that she had been assaulted,” the report states. She was taken to Piedmont Medical Center for treatment.

During the ambulance ride, the woman told officers she went to the gas station to meet Henry and buy $40 in heroin from him and that she injected it shortly after buying it. Henry was distributing the drug for a dealer, she said.

Police found Henry pulling into a driveway on Plantation Road and arrested him.

The woman was charged with possession of heroin, the report states. The Herald does not identify sexual assault victims.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala

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