BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Bond was denied Thursday evening for a 31-year-old Summerville man accused of breaking into a home in the Cane Bay area and assaulting a woman and her 4-year-old son.
Brandon Keith Sigmon is charged with first degree burglary, two counts of first degree assault, three counts of kidnapping and possession of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime in connection to the Wednesday afternoon incident.
"The monster that did this forces his way into our home and terrorized me and my two children," said the victim in Thursday's court hearing."He hit me several times in the back of my head with a gun that he had previously pointed at my face and the back of my head."
Authorities said since the incident occurred, the victim along with her entire family has been "terrified" to even return to their home.
Deputies say Sigmon was apprehended after he was spotted hiding in a construction area Wednesday evening. Authorities say after he was spotted, he jumped into a pond and ran into a wooded area where he was arrested.
Sigmon is being held at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center, according to Berkeley Sheriff's spokesman Dan Moon.
Investigators say Sigmon was posing as a vacuum cleaner salesman when the home invasion occurred after 2 p.m. at a house in the 300 block of Decatur Drive where he forced his way inside the home and assaulted a woman, who investigators say suffered "fairly extensive" injuries.
According to the incident report, the suspect knocked on the victim's front door and asked if she wanted to buy a vacuum cleaner. The victim told police she didn't open the door for the suspect and advised him she did not want to purchase one. The suspect then said he wanted to talk to the woman's husband, and the woman told him she would call police if he didn't leave, the report states.
The woman told deputies she saw the man walking from the front door with his hands up, saying, "OK, ma'am, OK, ma'am." She said the suspect's behavior made her nervous and she called her husband to let him know about it, but before she could walk out of the front foyer area of her home, she heard the glass shattering from the back door.
She told deputies she saw the man enter the home and charge at her, yelling for her to get off the phone. The suspect then began to punch her and hit her in the head with a handgun, the report states. The woman told authorities as she asked the man what he wanted, he appeared to get angrier and continue to hit her, and pushed her head against the wall several times.
The victim said her two-year-old daughter and four-year-old son were in the home and were crying. Police say the suspect then ordered her to make them stop crying. When they didn't stop crying, the woman said the suspect pushed her son and he fell against the wall.
The woman told deputies she was able to escape and grabbed her son and ran out the front door. When she did so, she saw the suspect run out the back door and jump over the back fence, the report states.
Deputies say the victim suffered a broken tooth, cuts and scratches and her forehead was swollen and red. She told deputies she thought the suspect was going to kill her.
Investigators say the suspect was armed with a gun and taser; no shots were reported during the incident. Dive teams returned to the area Thursday morning to search for the taser and gun.
Deputies were actively searching the Cane Bay area, and vehicles for the subject Wednesday afternoon and evening that had some residents in the area concerned.
"Everybody's pretty friendly and gets along," said Keith Dolan."And something like this happens...keeps you on your toes."
"It's very scary," said Mary Kinlaw."There's a lot of stay-at-home moms here. We have single parents. We have a lot of children in the neighborhood."
"I still feel very safe in this community, especially seeing this response, seeing how big a deal it is," said Skyla Makay.
Schools in the Cane Bay area went into lockdown during the incident.
The lockdown was a precautionary measure, according to Berkeley School District spokesman Deon Jackson. Law enforcement officials said there was no imminent threat to either of the Cane Bay schools.
Parents reported earlier that they had received calls that both Cane Bay Middle and High schools were on lockdown.