GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Police say a convenience store employee stepped up and stopped a man who was attempting to sexually assault a customer.
It happened Sunday at the QuikTrip on North Pleasantburg Drive in Greenville.
Police Chief Ken Miller said the employee managed to subdue the suspect until an officer arrived.
Xedrin Charles Kilgore of Greenville was arrested by the responding officer.
Kilgore is charged with 2nd degree assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct.
As of Wednesday evening, he still had not posted his $20,000 bond and remained at the Greenville County Detention Center.
According to the incident report and warrant, the victim told police the suspect fondled her in the store and then followed her to her car as she was leaving.
Chief Miller said the suspect “felt like he could have his way with her.”
Miller said the victim was resisting and the suspect was overpowering her by grabbing her by the neck and slamming her onto the hood of her car.
The incident report states the suspect “groped at her genitals and breasts” and “attempted to remove the victim’s pants and his own pants.”
As for the employee who intervened, Milled said, “hats off to this individual for stepping forward and doing the right thing.”
Milled continued that there are situations where it’s too dangerous for people to community members to jump in before police can arrive but in this case the employee likely didn’t see a weapon and felt like he could intervene in a way that kept himself safe while stopping a serious crime.
Hear the full 911 call below: