Sheriff: Orangeburg man arrested for kidnapping and armed robbery of a Cordova couple

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ORANGEBURG, S.C. (WCBD) – Sheriff Leroy Ravenell announced a suspect has been arrested in last week’s kidnapping and armed robbery of a Cordova couple.

“Through hard work and dedication to the case, we were able to identify and locate this individual on Thursday,” Ravenell said. “He was taken into custody and now awaits a bond hearing.”

Gregory Hodge, 30, has been charged with two counts of kidnapping, armed robbery, first-degree burglary, grand larceny, and possession of a weapon during a crime.

A bond hearing is scheduled for Friday.

A Wesley Grove Road man told Orangeburg County Sheriff’s investigators that while he was at home alone on Sept. 27, a subject knocked on his door asking for a ride to get gas.

The man agreed but as the two were traveling to a station, the subject pulled out a knife and demanded the truck be stopped.

At that point, the subject tied the male up and took control of the vehicle.

The pair then drove back to the residence where the subject ransacked the home, locating a loaded handgun.

After loading up a TV and several other items into the man’s truck, the subject then demanded money.
The man then called his wife with instructions to make a withdrawal from their bank and bring it home.

When the female arrived, she discovered the her husband was being held at gunpoint. 

The subject then fled with the money and the couple’s truck, which was later located abandoned.

The OCSO released a composite drawing of the suspect, which drew multiple tips from the community.

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