A man going door to door saying he was selling vacuum cleaners forced his way into a house and beat up a woman in the Cane Bay area Wednesday afternoon, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office.
A suspect who matched the intruder's description was taken into custody several hours later after a massive manhunt.
The assault on Decatur Drive was reported about 2 p.m., sheriff's office spokesman Dan Moon said. A woman was badly beaten after she apparently encountered a man who broke into her house, Moon said. Her injuries were not considered life-threatening, but she was taken to a hospital for treatment. She was not sexually assaulted, Moon said.
The woman told deputies the man had a gun and a Taser. She described him as a young white man with blond spiked hair, wearing a plaid bandana, plaid shorts, creme-colored shirt and white boat shoes.
Deputies set up a perimeter, stopped cars and went door to door looking for the suspect. Departures at Cane Bay High School and Cane Bay Middle School were delayed as the schools were put on lockdown.
Around 7 p.m., deputies found a man trying to hide in a pond near the house where the attack was reported, Moon said. He matched the description of the attacker and was taken into custody after a short chase.
His name was not immediately released.
Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.