Image of suspect released in bingo winner's assault, robbery
GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - Berkeley County Sheriff's Detectives have released a surveillance image of a man they believe assaulted and robbed a Goose Creek man of his bingo winnings.
An incident report from the Sheriff's Office states the robbery happened before 11 p.m. Sunday on Oakside Drive. The victim, who did not want to be named, said he had just gotten home with his winnings.
The victim's girlfriend told deputies two men wearing red bandanas over their faces came up behind the victim while he was opening his door.
"One of them pistol whipped me about eight or 10 times," the victim said.
The incident report states the two men ran away with more than $1,000 collected from the victim and his girlfriend.
"I'm doing good other than the 13 staples and my knee cap is a little sore," the victim said.
The man said before the assault he was at Galley Hall Bingo where he won some money on one of the big games.
"At the end it takes a while to pay you," he said. "I think they were mainly scoping the place out, and I was just the one they were scoping."
Chief Deputy Mike Cochran said video surveillance inside the bingo hall captured a man they believe was responsible for the armed robbery.
The victim believes he and another man followed him home after the bingo game.
"I tried to fight him off but after he hit me four or five times that's when I really started feeling it," he said. "He just told me give me your money. I took my wallet out and handed him everything I had."
Deputies said the victim had several lacerations to the back of his head. They also recovered a .45 caliber bullet near the stairs of the home where the alleged assault took place, according to the incident report.
Lead detective on the case, Matt Downing, said he was working to download the video from inside and outside Galley Hall Bingo.
The victim's girlfriend said the cashier witnessed a male watching the couple collect their winnings and may have followed them home, the report states.
While the victim said he still recovering from his injuries, he will be taking break from bingo for a little while.
"I should have looked behind to see if somebody was following me," he said. "I didn't think about it. Everybody just try to be more careful."
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office at (843) 719-4465, Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111, or Detective Downing at (843) 719-4721.
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