Suspect named in home invasion

Samuel Coardes is charged with attempted armed robbery.

North Charleston police said they have identified one of several men who broke into a woman's home, grabbed her by the hair at gunpoint and ransacked her home in search of money early Wednesday.

Police responded to a home-invasion call at 1960 Pine Forest Drive in St. Charles Place about 1 a.m., spokesman Spencer Pryor said.

The victim told officers she was in bed with her daughter when someone knocked on the front door.

She heard a male voice that she thought belonged to her boyfriend.

When she unlocked the deadbolt, several males forced their way inside, Pryor said.

A man with a handgun grabbed her by the hair and asked her where her money was.

The woman told the men her boyfriend had his money with him, but they kept ransacking the home, Pryor said.

The men fled the scene.

Pryor said they have identified the man with the gun.

Investigators are searching for Samuel Coardes, 22, of North Charleston. He has been charged with attempted armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and first-degree assault.

Anyone with information on the crime or the whereabouts of 22-year-old Samuel Coardes is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.