Facebook photo leads to arrest in Charleston County home invasion

Jeremiah Levon Pinckney, 30, of Yost Lane on Johns Island was arrested after a woman said he and another man burst into her house with assault rifles, bound her with duct tape and robbed her last month.

A Facebook photo led to an arrest in a Charleston County home invasion last month.

Jeremiah Levon Pinckney, 30, of Yost Lane on Johns Island was arrested Monday and charged with first-degree burglary, kidnapping, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

A woman who lives on Cherry Point Road on Wadmalaw Island told deputies she was in bed about 11:10 p.m. Oct. 30 when two men rushed into her bedroom and pointed “assault rifles” at her head, according to the incident report from the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office. She said the door was unlocked because she was expecting company.

One of the men was wearing a cloth mask over his face and the other had his nose and mouth covered, the woman told deputies. The men bound her legs and hands with duct tape and took $1,500 in cash before leaving, according to the report. The woman eventually worked her way out of the tape and called 911 from a neighbor’s house.

Several days later, the woman heard that a man was telling people he had been involved in a home invasion, according to the report. She found his photo on Facebook, along with several other men. She said she recognized one of the men in the photo as the one who had half his face covered that night. She called the Sheriff’s Office and identified Pinckney in a photo lineup, according to the report.

Pinckney was being held in the Charleston County jail Tuesday.



Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.

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