Charges dropped against man in Orangeburg kidnapping

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (WCIV) -- A Charleston man who was arrested in connection to an armed robbery and kidnapping in Orangeburg is no longer facing those charges.{}

His attorney said his client was being arrested for another crime at the time of the kidnapping.

Officials at the solicitor's office said{}Rondell Robert Washington has an alibi in the case. First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe described Washington's alibi as "airtight."

According to Washington's attorney{}Mike Dupree, Washington was charged on the day of the kidnapping with criminal domestic violence at the Medical University of South Carolina.{}

Dupree said that arrested happened around 3:45 p.m. the day of the kidnapping, making it impossible for Washington to have been involved in the kidnapping and armed robbery in Holly Hill.

He thought Washington was identified as a suspect because of a photo lineup shown to victims, but he was not sure how Washington was included in the photo lineup.

Washington had been arrested in the case of the kidnapped 4-month-old, the Orangeburg County sheriff said Wednesday. According to Sheriff Leroy Ravenell, Washington was identified as a suspect in the burglary and kidnapping case earlier this month in which a group of seven men rushed into a home, forced several people to the ground and took the small child.{}

The baby was found a short time later in Berkeley County. The baby was unharmed.{}

Washington was charged with burglary, kidnapping, unlawful neglect of a child, and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

"We will not stop looking for the misfits who entered this home, physically and mentally abusing a family, and removing a helpless child from her caregivers. Our investigation won't stop until all the persons have answered to their charges," Ravenell said.{}

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 803-534-3550 or CrimeStoppers at 888-CRIME-SC.{}

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