Nude man tried to sexually assault 2 people in Oconee Co., sheriff’s office says

Crime

Luke Carter Owens (From: Oconee County Sheriff’s Office)

OCONEE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A Clemson University student has been charged after deputies said he ran around naked near Seneca and assaulted three people, two of which he tried to sexually assault.

According to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the Epoch Apartments on Jacobs Road for reports of a nude man running around outside shortly after 4:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

Deputies said the suspect, identified as 21-year-old Luke Carter Owens, broke into an apartment and slapped a man before attempting to sexually assault him.

Warrants said Owens was “grossly intoxicated” when he left the apartment and crossed Clemson Boulevard to the Tru By Hilton hotel.

Owens, who was still naked at the time, broke into the hotel, slapped a woman and attempted to sexually assault her, according to warrants.

Deputies were able to take Owens into custody. Owens was also accused of kicking a deputy in the face and chest while he was being put into the patrol car, according to a warrant.

The sheriff’s office said the deputy was not hurt.

Owens has been charged with two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of third degree assault and battery, two counts of indecent exposure, first degree burglary, second degree burglary, assault of a law enforcement officer, public disorderly conduct, entering premises without warning, breach of peace and three counts of malicious injury to property.

Owens was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center.

Joe Galbraith, the Associate VP for Strategic Communications with Clemson, confirmed Owens is enrolled in spring classes at the university.

Galbraith said “any student who engages in behaviors that violate the student code of conduct is subject to disciplinary sanction, including suspension or expulsion.”

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