Charleston police investigating burglary, aggravated assault

Charleston police investigating burglary, aggravated assault
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What began with a woman knocking on someone's door claiming she was looking for someone quickly turned into a burglary and assault case, according to Charleston Police.

The incident began at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday at a Smith Street apartment when one of the three residents answered the door to the woman, according to police spokesman Charles Francis. When the victim told her he didn't know that person, a man appeared, armed with a knife, police say.

The pair forced their way into the apartment as the victim tried to close the door on them, police say.

The victim told police he yelled to his roommates to get out of the apartment and that they ran out the back door. He said the suspects then pushed the victim down in the kitchen and assaulted him, and he then pretended to be unconscious.

As the suspects began searching the house, the victim got up to see where the suspects where and noticed a third person, another male, in the apartment and armed with a handgun. The victim then escaped the apartment and called police.

Investigators say nothing was demanded from the victims and nothing was taken from the apartment. EMS responded because one of the victims suffered a minor cut on the hand. Police say the victims are College of Charleston students.

Two of the three people were wearing black hooded sweatshirts and the third was dressed in all black clothing, police say.

Anyone with information about the incident should call Consolidated Dispatch at (843) 743-7200 and ask for the on-call Charleston Police detective, or Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.

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