Man assaulted in burglary in Charleston, police say

A man was wounded early this morning when three people stormed into his apartment in a burglary on the Charleston peninsula.

The incident happened around 2:30 a.m. on Smith Street, according to police spokesman Charles Francis.

When questioned by investigators, the man reported that he answered a knock on his front door and was approached by a woman who said she was searching for someone. The resident replied that he didn't know the person the woman was looking for and he attempted to close the door, Francis said.

A man with a knife appeared, however, and the pair stormed into the apartment, the resident told police.

The resident yelled for his roommates to escape through a back door, while the invaders forced him into the kitchen and assaulted him, police said. He pretended to be unconscious while the man and woman searched the home.

The resident later opened his eyes and saw a third invader in the apartment who was armed with a gun. He then ran out of the apartment to call police, Francis said.

Police described the woman as short, black, between 22 and 28, and wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt.

The man with the knife was black and dressed in a black, hooded sweatshirt. The man with the gun was black and dressed in all black clothing.

Anyone with information about the burglary can reach a Charleston police detective at 743-7200. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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