An Orangeburg man is accused of forcing his 15-year-old niece into his vehicle at gunpoint on Tuesday.
Michael Anthony McClellan, 28, of 113 Valerie Lane, is charged with kidnapping and pointing and presenting a firearm.
A Hickory Hill Road man called deputies at 7:18 p.m. Tuesday to report that McClellan allegedly pointed a firearm at him, according to an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
McClellan is the father of a child with the woman who was babysitting the Hickory Hill Road man’s children.
McClellan came to the Hickory Hill Road home, but went away after he was asked to leave several times, according to the man and a witness.
He returned about 20 to 30 minutes later with a firearm in hand, the man and witness said.
The man said McClellan exited his vehicle and pointed the firearm at him.
Deputies made contact with the babysitter. She said McClellan never threatened to harm her or their son and she never witnessed McClellan holding a gun, the report said.
McClellan “attempted to flee the incident location in a black Chevrolet Suburban,” the report said. Deputies quickly detained him.
He admitted he had the firearm inside of the vehicle, but said he never took it out, the report said.
Inside of McClellan’s vehicle was his 15-year-old niece.
She told those at the scene that McClellan forced her to get into the vehicle with him against her will, the report said.
McClellan appeared before Magistrate Bob Lake at the Orangeburg County Law Enforcement Complex on the kidnapping charge on Friday. A circuit court judge will consider McClellan’s bond on the kidnapping charge at another time.
His bond was set at $20,000 cash or surety on the pointing and presenting charge during a Thursday hearing.
At Friday’s arraignment, victim’s advocate Amy Rinkenberger said that nine children were at the Hickory Hill Road home when McClellan allegedly showed up with a firearm.
The teen’s mother said, “My daughter is terrified of him now. She trusted him and now she’s terrified of him.”
During the hearing, McClellan told the court that he didn’t kidnap the teen and noted, “Yes, I was wrong by pulling a handgun on the man who was coming to me.”