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An Orangeburg man with a prior kidnapping conviction is facing new charges after he allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend’s house, forced her to engage in sex and threatened to cut her heart out with a knife.

Kenneth Zane Crosby, 36, of 6911 Kips Lane, is charged with first-degree burglary, kidnapping, first-degree criminal sexual conduct and first-degree domestic violence.

He appeared before Orangeburg Municipal Judge Virgin Johnson on Wednesday morning.

Johnson took Crosby’s prior kidnapping conviction into consideration, in addition to the seriousness of his new charges, before telling him that a circuit court judge would need to set his bond.

Crosby is accused of grabbing a metal folding ladder from his ex-girlfriend’s vehicle and using it to climb into her bedroom window around 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 27, according to arrest warrants and an Orangeburg Department of Public Safety incident report.

He’s accused of grabbing the woman by her leg and dragging her through the home, causing injuries to her back and arm.

He allegedly forced her to have sex with him.

Warrants also accuse Crosby of holding a knife and threatening to cut out her heart.

Warrants say he, “reached out as if to cut her throat and cut the collar of her shirt and held her leg while threatening to cut her toes with the knife he had in his hand.”

Crosby has a previous kidnapping conviction from Feb. 3, 2017. It stems from an Aug. 2, 2016 robbery that left a man bound in duct tape.

At that time, Circuit Judge Diane Goodstein sentenced him to 10 years in prison, suspended to three years of probation.

She gave him credit for time he’d already served at the Orangeburg County Detention Center and stipulated that his probation would end early upon the payment of all court fees and fines.

Crosby was not on probation when ODPS officers arrested him on Tuesday.

If convicted of first-degree burglary, Crosby faces life in prison.

If he’s convicted of kidnapping and first-degree criminal sexual conduct, Crosby faces a maximum of 30 years on each charge.

A conviction of first-degree domestic violence carries a maximum of 10 years in prison.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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