Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced the arrest of Niat Gebrekristos (DOB: 01/01/1993) charged with criminal sexual conduct 1st degree, kidnapping, and two counts of burglary. Richland County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested Gebrekristos on Tuesday, August 22, 2017.
Investigators were notified on August 11, 2017 about a sexual assault that occurred at an apartment at 1011 Beatty Road. Investigators discovered that Gebrekristos knocked on the victim’s door, and then forced his way into the victim’s apartment where he sexually assaulted the victim. Gebrekristos has no relation to the victim and was identified by DNA at the scene. The victim was treated at a local hospital.
During the course of investigators attempting to locate Gebrekristos, Gebrekristos broke into Nick’s Restaurant located at 1931 Broad River Road and stole a cash drawer and an unknown amount of money on August 18, 2017. Investigators discovered that Gebrekristos was employed at the restaurant and threw a cement block through the window to gain access.
Gebrekristos has since been transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
August 23, 2017
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