Two men are being held and a third is being sought in a March home invasion robbery in which the victims were a pregnant mom and her three children.
The arrests follow “an extensive investigation,” Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office Maj. John Garrison said today.
He said deputies responded about 4:20 a.m. March 29 to 186 Apache Drive near Summerville, where a 26-year-old woman who was 13 weeks pregnant reported that three or four men forced their way into her home. The victim and her children were held at gunpoint by the men, who took a computer, cash, guns, jewelry and other personal belongings.
Garrison said warrants have been issued charging all three suspects with first-degree burglary, armed robbery and four counts of kidnapping,
Two of the suspects, both Summerville residents, are in custody: Tevin Shaquille Hart, 18, of Ancrum Lane; and Martin Young III, 24, of Sangaree Parkway, Building 1, Apartment 1. They are being held at the Dorchester County Detention Center, he said.
Joshua Manigault, 26, of Peachtree Road in Walterboro, is being sought, Garrison said.
Sheriff’s Office Lt. Tony Phinney said investigators determined that just three men were responsible for the home invasion.
He said Young has been in jail since the weekend, when he was picked up for service of a bench warrant. Hart was arrested today, he said.
A sheriff’s office report states that the victims were sleeping and that the woman’s husband was at work when her dog jumped off the bed and began barking. The woman was holding the dog by its collar when the invaders kicked in the laundry room door.
The woman attempted to retreat to her bedroom, but one of the suspects followed and kicked the bedroom door open, took her cell phone and ordered her on the floor. A man sat on her back and put a gun to her head, according to the report.
The woman begged the men to take what they wanted but to spare her and the children. A robber stated, “Wrong person, wrong house,” but told the children, who were crying, to stay in their rooms, the report states.
The report states that the invaders feared the dog and told the woman to put it outside. After the dog was out, the man reportedly sat on the woman’s back again, holding her down, and telling her, “Don’t worry, wrong place, wrong person.”
The woman told investigators the invaders demanded she open a gun safe, and when she could not, they took the entire safe. While leaving, the robbers snatched her laptop, wallet and other items. The woman took the children next door after the men were gone and called for help, the report states.
The report states that EMS were summoned to check on the woman, since she is pregnant.
Reach Edward C. Fennell at 937-5560.