Ladson man accused of robbery, sexual assault

Clifford Melvin Bickham

A Ladson man is accused of robbing a man at gunpoint and then raping a woman who was asleep on a couch early Saturday.

Clifford Melvin Bickham III, 34, of Donwood Drive is charged with armed robbery, kidnapping, first-degree criminal sexual conduct and possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime. He was being held in the Charleston County jail Monday on $250,000 bail.

The robbery and rape were reported between 4 and 7 a.m. Saturday in a house on Clovewood Street, according to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.

The man said he was robbed of $20, according to the arrest affidavit. The woman said she woke up and fought off Bickham after he sexually assaulted her.

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