Police: Summerville, James Island home invasions may be linked

A sketch of one of the suspects involved in the Summerville home invasion on June 14.
A sketch of one of the suspects involved in the Summerville home invasion on June 14.

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Investigators say a home invasion in Summerville and another on James Island may be related.

Officials with the Summerville Police Department say they are currently working a case in their jurisdiction that happened on June 14 which may be related to a home invasion that happened two days later.

On June 16 at 3 a.m., two men wearing masks and gloves forcibly entered the victim's home on Aruba Circle on James Island. Police say the victim was bound and forced to remain in her bedroom as the suspects, one armed with a black handgun, searched the home for money.

After taking $400 from the victim's purse, the suspects told her that they needed more. The suspect armed with the gun remained with the victim, while the other suspect took the victim's car keys and removed cash, jewelry and a phone from her vehicle.

Police say the victim's children were home but unharmed during the incident.

On June 14 at 10:15 a.m., two men broke into a home on Wanda Drive in Summerville where they tied up a 56-year-old man and stole $400 and $4500 worth of jewelry.

It all started when an 8-year-old girl answered the door and was told that there was a package for her mother, who was not at home at the time. When the girl returned with her grandfather, the suspects forced their way inside the home.

Police say one of the suspects physically forced the 56-year-old grandfather down a hallway towards a rear bedroom.

A police report states that the second suspect "carefully" led the granddaughter into a bedroom at the front of the house. Once at the bedroom the suspect told the girl that they were speaking to her grandfather about "adult things" and that she needed to stay inside the room with the door closed with her sister and brother.

According to the girl, she was not afraid because the two suspects "spoke Vietnamese to her and did not seem angry or aggressive towards her and her siblings."

The grandfather said the two suspects then took him to the back of the house and began to tie his hands together with silver duct tape while asking him,"Where is the money?"

Police say the suspects told the victim that they knew his home had money in it and wanted to know where it was. The two suspects asked the victim multiple times until they covered his eyes with duct tape and shoved him into the bathroom with the door locked.

The victim said he could understand the suspects since they spoke Vietnamese and thought they were from the southern portion of the country due to their speech. Although the victim did not see a weapon, he believed that one of the suspect's had a bulge in the area of his pants waist band.

A police report states that before leaving the victim in the bathroom the "subjects turned on the fan to obscure their movements and communications."

The grandfather said that he was in the bathroom for about an hour before he called the granddaughter to come and get him.

The first suspect was described as a Vietnamese male, 5'8", normal build, wearing a black long sleeve t-shirt with dark khaki dress pants. The second suspect is described as a Vietnamese male, 5'2", slim build, wearing a black short sleeve t-shirt.

The police report states that the suspects took $400 in cash, a "Movado" watch, a "Tac" watch, a set of gold earrings, a set of silver earrings and two necklaces with charms.

If you have any information you are asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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