Gunmen rob, assault victims in apartment
Friday, January 4, 2002
BY GLENN SMITH
Of The Post and Courier Staff
Two masked gunmen burst into a
Remount Road apartment early Thursday, robbing three people inside and
assaulting two of the victims, North Charleston police said.
The incident marked the third home
invasion-style robbery in the city in less than a week's time. Armed
intruders entered homes on Stonehaven Drive and Spoleto Lane over the
weekend, robbing the occupants of cash and belongings at gunpoint,
Detective Lt. George
Tetanich said police are looking into possible links, but had not
determined whether the incidents were connected. No arrests have been made
in the robberies, he said.
In the latest
incident, which occurred at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, two men carrying revolvers
forced open a steel door to the apartment and shouted "ATF! ATF! ATF!" The
gunmen forced three people inside to lie on the floor. A fourth man inside
hid under a bed during the robbery, according to a police
The gunmen told the victims their boss
had sent them to collect some money and demanded to know where it was.
While one gunman rifled through drawers and cabinets, the other intruder
sexually assaulted two female victims, both 19, a police report stated.
The men escaped from the residence with $500
in cash and $200 worth of belongings, police said.
The robbery came four days after three masked
men kicked in the door of a Stonehaven Drive home and robbed a 30-year-old
woman at gunpoint while her six children looked on.
The robbers stole car keys and a cell phone
in the 5:45 a.m. holdup, police said.
Saturday, three men with guns broke into a Spoleto Lane apartment, forced
a man inside to lie on the floor and stole $100 in cash, police said.
During the hold-up, the intruders fired three shots from a pistol into a
bedroom after a dog confronted them. One of the rounds punctured a
waterbed, police said.
The victim, 23-year-old
William Gerard Young of Mount Pleasant, was arrested after police
discovered 55.6 grams of powder cocaine in the apartment, according to a
Young was charged with
trafficking cocaine and possession of the drug near a school. His bail was
set at $25,000.
Glenn Smith covers police and crime. Contact him at 937-5556 or at