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HACC abductor admits to sexually assaulting, kidnapping victim

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Clarence Shaffer Clarence Shaffer
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Clarence Shaffer said he kidnapped and sexually assaulted an 18-year-old college student at gunpoint on Monday morning. Shaffer said the attack was completely random.

Shaffer told reporters Tuesday afternoon that everything in the police report is true. He is charged with six felonies.

Shaffer said he committed the crimes because he wanted to go back to prison.

He was arraigned before District Judge Richard Dougherty Tuesday evening and was sent to Cumberland County Prison on $2 million bail.

As he was leaving the office Shaffer said, "I am going home."

According to court documents, Shaffer abducted the woman from a parking lot on HACC's Harrisburg campus Monday morning. Police said he forced her into the passenger seat of her own car and then drove to a pier in East Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County.

While pointing a gun at her, he forced her to walk into a wooded area at the confluence of Conodoguinet Creek and the Susquehanna River. Police say Shaffer then tried choke her before sexually assaulting her.

When she noticed Shaffer had put his gun down, the victim began trying to escape. Police say he then pointed the gun at her and said, "I could kill you right now." Shaffer then ran away.

The victim fled to a nearby home for help. Police were contacted and, after the victim picked Shaffer's photo out of a lineup, began a search for Shaffer. That search ended Tuesday afternoon in Highspire when he was taken into custody following a chase.

He has been charged with simple assault, terroristic threats, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, indecent assault, aggravated assault and kidnapping.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for December 12.

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