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Deputies: Upstate couple woke up to naked sex offender in doorway

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Thomas Andrew Pate (Source: LCSO) Thomas Andrew Pate (Source: LCSO)
CLINTON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Laurens County Sheriff's Office said a wanted sex offender has turned himself in.

Deputies said around 1 a.m. on May 24, a couple who lives on Highway 56 woke up to Thomas Andrew Pate standing completely naked in their bedroom doorway. Pate is a registered sex offender.

According to SLED, Pate was convicted in Georgia in 1998 of aggravated sodomy.

Police said the couple's bedroom door opens onto their back porch and the residents believe one of their children must have unlocked it because it normally remains locked.

According to the police report, the homeowner started to try to punch Pate while his wife grabbed a gun. The report states Pate asked the homeowner, "Why are you trying to kill me?"

Investigators who responded to the scene were unable to locate Pate, who fled into a nearby field.

In the same area around 6 a.m., deputies said they received a call about a stolen vehicle where a woman woke to find her SUV gone. It was later recovered in Spartanburg County. Pate has been linked to the vehicle theft, investigators said.

Pate was wanted for first-degree burglary, indecent exposure, breach of peace aggravated nature and grand larceny.

On Wednesday, deputies said Pate turned himself in. In a bond hearing a judge denied bond on all charges.

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