Two men were arrested by Charleston police after a James Island man said someone kicked in the front door of his apartment Thursday night and demanded money.

Tradd Bethea Hook, 32, of Climbing Tree Court, is charged with attempted armed robbery, first-degree burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis said. Alexander Spotswood Hassell, 31, of Lochmore Terrace, is charged with attempted armed robbery, burglary 1st degree, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and unlawful possession of a handgun. Both were being held in the Al Cannon Detention Center pending bail hearings.

About 10:10 p.m. Thursday, a Fleming Road man called 911 to report that someone had tried to kick in the door to his apartment, according to a police incident report. The victim told the dispatcher the people who tried to kick in his door were unsuccessful and had gone away.

Before officers arrived, the victim and another man at the apartment heard a loud boom and saw two men come into the apartment, the report said.

One of the men yelled, “Where’s my money?” and demanded to be paid, the report said.

The victim shoved the man down the stairs, at which point the second intruder reached behind his back as if to pull a firearm from his waistband, the report said.

The victim’s friend screamed and both assailants ran outside and drove away, the report said. About five minutes later, police saw a vehicle on Folly Road that matched the description of the intruders’ vehicle and pulled it over. A firearm was found on one of the men in the vehicle, the report said.

Asked if detectives knew whether or not the victim owed the assailant any money, Francis said the case was still under investigation.

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