Gunmen break into Charleston home, pretend to be officers in burglary

Rudolph Brown, 36 of Grech Street, is charged with first-degree burglary and two counts of kidnapping in connection with a burglary that happened on May 10.

A Charleston man is accused of kicking in a home’s back door and pretending to be a police officer in a burglary on Friday.

Rudolph Brown, 36 of Grech Street, is charged with first-degree burglary and two counts of kidnapping, Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis said. Brown is one of three men involved in the burglary, he said.

Two Joshua Drive residents reported that three men kicked in their home’s back door shortly before 9 a.m., Francis said.

The armed men entered a bedroom and yelled that they were North Charleston police officers, Francis said. The gunmen yelled for the residents not to move and demanded money, he said.

A resident told police that one of the men fired shots inside a bedroom at the home.

One resident escaped through a bathroom window, Francis said. Another was robbed of $300 before the gunmen drove away from the scene, he said.

A resident recognized one of the gunmen from an argument about money prior to the incident, Francis said.

The investigation is ongoing, he said.

Anyone with information about the incident can call Charleston police at 577-7434 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.