Woman escapes burglars' notice by hiding in closet

Johnson, Champagne and Lemon
Johnson, Champagne and Lemon

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Police say a woman escaped the notice of three burglars who had broken into her West Ashley home by hiding in a closet.

The incident started at 11 p.m. on Wednesday when someone knocked at the victim's apartment on West Chase Drive.

The victim said when she looked through the peephole, she didn't recognize the person and didn't respond. According to a police report, the victim then heard footsteps on the stairs followed by the sound glass breaking in the front bedroom.

The woman then ran into a closet and called the police. While in the closet, she heard and saw several men rummaging through her apartment. The men eventually left the apartment.

The victim was able to provide responding officers with a description of the suspects.

Investigators arrested 27-year-old Ishmel Lemon, 21-year-old Jordan Brown and 27-year-old Antwain Champagne on Thursday morning and charged them with first-degree burglary. Champagne was also charged with simple possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Police say the three men were arrested at the West Chase Apartments complex.

Authorities are continuing the investigation.

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