Aiken man arrested in July 4 rape case

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Officers arrested 46-year-old Atheanis Elliott of Aiken, and have charged him with the July 4 rape of a woman off Old Wagener Road, just east of the city of Aiken.

Sheriff Michael Hunt says he can finally get some sleep tonight knowing this man is behind bars.

DNA evidence is what pegged Atheanis Elliott for this crime.

He has an extensive criminal history--from armed robberies to assault and battery--but this is his first time accused of sexual assault.

After an arrest warrant was issued, the Aiken County Sheriff's Office set up surveillance at Elliott's home, 210 Willow Run Road in Aiken.

Investigators spotted him riding a bicycle through Lamplight Trailer Park and proceeded with the arrest.