Hanahan police say church assault suspect will face attempted murder charge

Hanahan police say church assault suspect will face attempted murder charge

HANAHAN, SC (WCSC) - Hanahan police are investigating after a 74-year-old woman was assaulted and then had her car stolen outside of a Hanahan church.

The retired teacher told Hanahan Police she was pruning bushes at Yeamans Park Presbyterian Church early Saturday morning, when a man came up from behind her and pushed her down to the ground.

According to the police report, the man flipped her over and put his hands around her neck, choking her. She says he was asking where her car keys were and told her ",I don't want to hurt you, I just want your car."

The woman told police she was sure she had lost consciousness because when she woke up, she thought she was dreaming, and her car was gone.

Her purse and other belongings were inside the vehicle when it was stolen.

A woman inside the church called 911, and when police arrived on scene, they reported that the victim was clearly shaken up.

The reports says she had blood on her face, because during the altercation she bit her tongue and also had a bloody nose. The woman was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

Police found a green bike in the church parking lot, close to where the woman's car was parked, before it was stolen. She told police she didn't think it was there when she arrived around 7 a.m. that morning.

The bike has been taken into evidence.

Two men were found inside the woman's stolen car late Saturday night. Police in North Charleston spotted it near Remount Road and Rivers Avenue.

Charles Belton and Davon Flythe were arrested and charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

A stolen pistol was also found inside the car, hidden under the passenger seat.  Flythe was charged with possession of that stolen firearm.

Flythe and Belton have both bonded out of jail the Al Cannon Detention Center.

Hanahan police are still investigating and say once more evidence is processed, they hope to have more information to pinpoint who assaulted the woman.

If and when that suspect is identified, police say they will face robbery, larceny of a motor vehicle and attempted murder charges.

Hanahan Police say the attempted murder charge is because the woman lost consciousness.

Church members and neighbors tell Live 5 they are very unsettled that this crime took place in their community.

Copyright WCSC 2015. All rights reserved.