Alleged abduction victim speaks: 'I just want to be free'

By Stacy

ST. STEPHEN, S.C. (WCIV) -- While police searched for Telly McClam, all Deadrene McHoney could do was hope they would find her ex-boyfriend.

Police rescued McHoney and her daughter around 2:30 p.m. Monday but said it took another seven hours to find her alleged abductor.

"I could never have any idea that anything like this would ever happen," McHoney said.

She described an ordeal that she said started when her ex-boyfriend kidnapped her 17-year-old daughter from her mother's home. McHoney said the suspect then showed up at her home and demanded McHoney come with he and her daughter.

"I did not once thinking about not getting in because when she called and said, 'Mama, Telly got me,' I was out the door. I was worried for her safety," McHoney said.

She said McClam took the two of them to different homes, including those of relatives and those which he broke into. They were in Williamsburg County.{}

"There's no telling what he would've done because he had a gun and it was loaded," McHoney said.

She said he did let them use the phone; she called family members and her mother, Johnnie Jenkins.

"They called and my granddaughter was in the back saying, 'Mom please don't do it! He about to kill us! Don't do anything he's about to kill us!' Yes we feared for their lives and ours," Jenkins said.

McHoney said she and her daughter got away after police spotted McClam's car. She said McClam panicked and let them go. But police said it took them another seven hours to find him in the woods.

Officials said they found McClam armed with a pistol, but he did not resist arrest. They said he was near railroad tracks.

"He needs to rot in jail because this is too much for him to put these kids through. I don't like it," Jenkins said.

"I am just ready to move on, put everything behind me. But as for him, I don't want him to get out because I don't want to be afraid anymore. I just want live my life and be free," McHoney said.

McHoney said she planned to speak at his bond hearing Tuesday night for McClam's two charges of kidnapping.

Police said Tuesday evening that McClam has been charged with two counts of kidnapping, first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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