Three arrested after West Ashley home invasion

Three men who police said broke in a West Ashley apartment while the resident hid in a closet were arrested Thursday.

Charleston police were called to an apartment on Westchase Drive shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday to check out a burglary in progress, according to the incident report. The female resident was hiding in a closet, still on the phone with a dispatcher, when officers arrived.

She told officers that a man knocked on her door, and she didn’t answer because she didn’t recognize him through the peep hole. Then she heard footsteps coming up the exterior stairs and glass break in the front bedroom. She ran into a closet and called 911. She said she could see three men going through her apartment. She said she didn’t know what they were looking for and didn’t report that anything was taken.

Police arrested three suspects Thursday.

Antwain Jeriel Champaigne, 27, of Champaign Lane on James Island, Ishmel Jayvan Lemon, 27, of Seacroft Road on James Island and Jordan Brown, 21, of Fiall Street in West Ashley were all charged with first-degree burglary.

Champaigne was also charged with possession of a knife or firearm during the commission of a violent crime and possession of marijuana, according to jail records.

All three had previous convictions on drug charges, according to Charleston County court records. Champaigne also pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen car in 2009.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553 or follow him on twitter @dmunday.

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