Woman on Bogard Street robbed, fondled at gunpoint; suspect still at large

A Charleston woman was robbed at gunpoint and fondled by a man downtown early Sunday.

The armed robbery and attempted sexual assault occurred about 1 a.m. Sunday on Bogard Street, which intersects St. Philip Street, where a robbery of two women was reported early Saturday. Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis said there is no indication the robberies are related.

The Charleston Police Department and the College of Charleston Public Safety are investigating both reports.

The victim from Sunday’s robbery was sitting on the steps of her Bogard Street apartment when she was approached by a man armed with a handgun, according to a Sunday media release from Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis.

The man allegedly ordered the woman to walk to the parking lot next to her apartment building. He then fondled her, struck her in the face and took her cell phone, the release states. The woman then screamed and the man fled the area.

He is described as a black male, 19 to 25 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a slender build and a medium complexion. He is reported to have a short afro hair style and was wearing a dark sweat shirt and jeans, the release states.

Saturday’s robbery occurred about 2:10 a.m., according to a bulletin sent to students. While two women squatted behind a building, a man knocked them over and took their purses and cellphones.

The man jumped over a nearby wall and ran away, the bulletin said. He was described as a black man, about 24 years old, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, wearing a gray shirt and jeans.

Anyone with information about either robbery is asked to call consolidated dispatch at (843)743-7200 and ask for the on-call Charleston Police detective or Crime Stoppers at (843)554-1111.

Reach Melissa Boughton at 937-5594 or at Twitter.com/mboughtonPC.