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      Man charged with rape after meeting women from personals website

      NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A North Charleston man was charged in two rapes after meeting women from a personals website.{}

      According to police reports, 23-year-old Rodney Edwards was charged with rape after he met an 18-year-old escort at a North Arco Lane motel and then raped another woman almost two weeks later.{}

      When police responded to the motel room on Jan. 12, the victim said she met Edwards through the website backpage.com. When Edwards showed up, he had sex with the teen several time before tying her up, taking her phones and wallet and threatening her, according to the report.{}

      The report states Edwards also pointed a gun at the victim's head and told her not to scream.{}

      On Jan. 24, officers went to another motel after getting a call about a criminal sexual conduct case. The officers could not find the victim there, but later found her at a Parlor Drive home and took her to Medical University Hospital for treatment.{}

      Police were able to link Edwards to both crimes, officials said.{}

      Edwards is being held in the Charleston County Detention Center on a $200,000 bond. The jail's website shows Edwards is also charged with kidnapping, armed robbery, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

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