Goose Creek police investigating after baby hit with pistol in armed robbery
Goose Creek police appear to know the names and addresses of everyone involved in an alleged robbery Monday in which a baby was pistol-whipped, but there were no warrants and no arrests as of Tuesday afternoon.
“Investigators are in the process of fully identifying all parties involved and attempting to determine what roles they played in this incident,” said police Capt. John Grainger.
It all started when 19-year-old Karsen Ruffin of Ladson listed an Apple iPad for sale on the Internet site Craigslist. Then, a young woman Ruffin had just recently met arranged for Ruffin to sell the iPad to some men she knew in a Goose Creek parking lot.
Instead of buying the iPad, one of the men stole the tablet computer, and another demanded money and twice struck Ruffin’s 11-month-old child in the face or head with a handgun, according to statements the women gave police.
The child was treated at the scene and taken to Medical University Hospital.
Police note that Ruffin’s female friend gave a different and sometimes contradictory account of the events, and that the men were her acquaintances.
All the people involved, except Ruffin and her baby, were listed as “suspects” in the police report. The Post and Courier is not naming them, because they haven’t been charged with any crime.