Five masked gunmen burst into a West Ashley home late Monday, roughed up two of the six residents, ransacked the home and left with jewelry, watches, cell phones, a laptop computer and a camera, according to a Charleston County Sheriff's Office report.
The home invasion robbery at 1120 Gunn Avenue netted $2,410 in jewelry and $300 in electronics, a Sheriff's Office report states.
A 30-year-old man was working outside on the rear wheel of his car about 10:50 p.m., when he was jumped by three men who pulled him from under he vehicle, according to the report.
When a 24-year-old woman opened the door to the home to see what was going on, the home invaders rushed her, forced their way inside and made the residents lie on the living room floor. Some of the victims were taken to a bedroom floor and ordered to lie down, which woke up a 14-year-old girl who was sleeping.
The intruders struck a 37-year-old woman on the head with gun, the report said.
There were five adults and the 14-year-old girl in the home when the invasion took place, according to the report.
While two of the intruders kept the victims on the floor, "the other three subjects were running through the house and pretty much ransacking the residence," a victim told deputies.
The intruders opened and dumped dresser drawers, and while "whooping at each other in a manner to communicate," kept repeating "15 minutes max, 15 minutes max," the report said.
The report said a 34-year-old resident of the home was struck in the back of his head and kicked in his side by the suspects, who left the residence by the same door they'd entered.
That man and a woman who was assaulted were both bleeding from their heads when deputies arrived. They declined treatment from paramedics. The man, who was also suffering pains in his side, said he would get a ride to a hospital to be checked, the report said.
Eight watches, two gold cross rings, a silver necklace with a diamond pendant, and a jade bracelet were among jewelry items taken, the report said. Four cell phones, a camera and laptop computer were also stolen.
The Sheriff's Office responded at 11:07 p.m. to the home, which is near the intersection of Ashley River and Old Towne roads. Sheriff's Maj. Jim Brady said the robbers were described as five black men, ages 19 to 25, armed with guns, and all wearing masks and gloves.