Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott is proud to announce that Deputy Kara Robinson received the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy Courage Award today, Friday, August 20.
On June 24, 2002, Kara
was abducted from the front yard of a friend's home in West Columbia.
was transported to an apartment off Broad River Road in a plastic container.
For eighteen hours, Kara
was assaulted and kept in bondage.
fled the apartment and sought the help of a male bystander who drove her
to the Richland County Sheriff's Department Region Four Headquarters.
gave investigators a very detailed account of what she
experienced and what the suspect looked like.
After enduring an ordeal such as this, many may not find the courage to go on, but Kara
not only found the strength to survive, she
found the strength to live.
received a four year degree from the University of South Carolina, which was paid for by reward money she
received from the State of Virginia after she
identified Evonitz as the murderer in three unsolved homicides.
decided at that time that she
wanted to help others, so she
contacted Sheriff Lott about working part-time at the Richland County Sheriff's Department
went back to Sheriff Lott and told him she
wanted to help kids.
in the Youth Arbitration Unit, and now she
is has become a DARE instructor for Richland School District
Two with the School Resource Officer Program.
Sheriff Lott adds that Deputy Kara Robinson is an individual of true character.