Duo arrested for armed home invasion on James Island

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Police Department has arrested two people accused of an armed home invasion on James Island.

Investigators charged 32-year-old Tradd Bethea Hook and 31-year-old Alexander Spotswood Hassell with attempted armed robbery, first-degree burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

On Thursday at 11:10 p.m., officers responded to a possible home invasion in progress at an apartment on Fleming Road. The 23-year-old victim said an hour before officers arrived, several subjects attempted to kick in his front door, but were unsuccessful.

An incident report states before officers arrived at the home after the victim called police, the victim and a witness, who were in an upstairs bedroom, heard a loud boom that sounded like the front door had been kicked in.

The victim said he then stepped out of the bedroom and saw Hook, who the victim said he knew, on the staircase. According to the victim, he saw Hassell standing at the bottom of the stairs.

According to the victim, Hook began yelling "Where's my money?" at the victim, and demanded he pay him.

Authorities say following a verbal argument, the victim and Hook engaged in a brief scuffle. The victim said after he pushed Hook down the stairs, Hook told Hassell to "shoot that (expletive)."

The victim reported that he then saw Hassell reach towards his waistband as if he was reaching for a gun. It was at that time, the witness began screaming.

An incident report states the suspects then ran towards the parking lot of the apartment complex. The victim said he then called police and saw the suspects get into a gold Tahoe and drive off on Fleming Road.

Police say five minutes later, officers saw a vehicle that matched the description of the suspects' vehicle. According to investigators, a traffic stop was initiated on the SUV, and the suspects were found inside. Officers say Hassell was found with a gun and was also charged with unlawful possession of a handgun.

Another male subject was found in the SUV, but was released after police say he had no involvement in the incident.

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