NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WNCN) — A mom called police to report that her teen son was missing his tongue on Friday — which led to charges against him in a brutal South Carolina sexual assault, police say.
On Friday, at 7:08 a.m., North Charleston Police Department officers responded to a gas station on Remount and North Murray in reference to a sexual assault.
When officers arrived, they spoke to the victim, a 33-year-old woman. Officers followed her to her home to investigate sexual assault. While searching for the suspect at the victim’s home, officers found blood on the floor of a bedroom, according to an incident report.
The victim told investigators at 6:30 a.m., she heard a knock at her door and when she opened it and no one was there. A second knock turned into a ringing doorbell, then the victim walked outside on her porch, she saw a man holding a knife against his chest.
The incident report goes on to say the victim ran back into the home where the suspect forced himself inside, tackled her to the floor, and punched her in the face.
The suspect picked up the victim and took her to a bedroom, police said. At that point, the victim said the suspect told her “Now you have to die!” and forced his tongue in her mouth, WCSC-TV reported.
When he started forcing himself on her, she said she “bit his tongue as hard as she could until she heard it snap.”
According to the victim, the suspect then got off the bed. The victim said she still had the suspect’s tongue in her mouth, and threw it on the kitchen floor, WCSC reported.
She was able to get away and call police and they found the suspect at a Waffle House on Northwoods Boulevard, thanks to his mother.
The suspect’s mother called 911 about him “not having a tongue and needing medical assistance.” He was taken to Trident Hospital.
Police say the suspect was identified, and his tongue was located by crime scene and placed into a bag of ice.
Authorities also located a knife with a white handle in the victim’s yard.
He now faces a number of charges.