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      Man arrested for impersonating law enforcing and kidnapping women

      Timothy Maurice Vaughn

      COLUMBIA (WACH)â??Lexington County Sheriffâ??s Department deputies arrested a 29-year-old Columbia man who impersonated law enforcement in order to gain access to a motel room on Wednesday, July 2.

      Deputies charged 29-year-old Timothy Maurice Vaughn with unlawfully detaining a 23-year-old woman and a 26-year-old woman after entering their motel room.

      According to Lexington County Sheriff A. Lewis McCarty, Vaughn was being held on Wednesday at the Lexington County Detention Center on bail totaling at $225,000.

      According to the Warrant, Vaughn represented himself as an agent with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command to a clerk at the Sleep inn in order to gather information about the two women.

      The clerk refused to provide Vaughn with information on the women and reported the incident to the Sheriffâ??s Department. Once finding the woman, Vaughn ordered them to leave with him. The two women told deputies that they were in fear of being arrested or physically harmed if they did not leave with Vaughn, who placed handcuffs on the 23-year-old.

      Deputies later arrested Vaughn and are continuing to investigate why he was searching for the women.

      Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.