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Two additional suspects face charges in the Aug. 2 robbery that left a man bound in duct tape.

Orangeburg Department of Public Safety investigators charged Gene Ray Williams, 38, of 215 Goldcoast Drive, Neeses, and Kenneth Crosby, 33, of 6081 of Kym Lane, Orangeburg, with one count each of kidnapping and strong-arm robbery.

The two men appeared before Orangeburg Municipal Judge Barney Houser on Wednesday afternoon.

Houser set their bail at $50,000 each.

Last Tuesday, officers arrested Justin Michael Binnicker, 28, of 627 Binnicker Bridge Road; Michael Levi Craven, 23, of 265 Bair Street and Melissa Braxton Fields, 43, of 111 N. Rivelon Road.

They were also charged with one count each of kidnapping and strong-arm robbery.

According to the incident report, a man called 911 to report that someone was trying to kill him.

Officers located the male caller inside a fence at The Plant Depot near the 800 block of Chestnut Street.

He told officers he went to The Southern Lodge motel at 1017 Chestnut Street to meet Binnicker.

The man told officers Binnicker came out of one of the rooms to meet him and then placed duct tape around his wrists, holding him against his will.

He said his vehicle, keys, wallet and $50 were stolen.

Once he was able to free himself, the man left the scene.

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Officers located Binnicker, Craven and Fields at the motel.

Fields told officers the man came to the hotel room she rented and gave Binnicker a bag that she believed contained drugs.

She also told officers that Binnicker went to the man’s vehicle and took his car radio.

A short time later, three males arrived and took the man’s Ford Explorer.

If the suspects are convicted of the charges, they face a maximum of 30 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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