Teen suspected of bank robbery, sexual assault


A teenager arrested by North Charleston police in a recent bank robbery also had an outstanding warrant charging him with raping a 14-year-old girl, police said.

Police identified 18-year-old Sherard Dorian Brown as a suspect just hours after a holdup at the Community First Bank at Dorchester Road and Appian Way around noon April 9. Police said a man went into the bank with a gun and handed a teller a note demanding money.

North Charleston officers and U.S. Marshals took Brown into custody at a home in Summerville early Thursday, according to a news release from Spencer Pryor, police public information officer. Brown was charged with entering a bank with intent to steal, unlawful carrying of a handgun and possession of a handgun in the commission of a violent crime, Pryor said. A Dorchester County magistrate set bail at a combined $135,000 on those charges.

Bail was set at $100,000 Thursday night in Charleston County on an unrelated charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

A police report describes alleged encounters among Brown, a 14-year-old girl and the girl's mother in the Ferndale area last month:

The mother told police Brown threatened to kill her and her daughter if her daughter didn't have sex with him. The girl left with Brown around midnight one evening in late March and didn't return for about three hours.

The girl told police she was in front of her home that afternoon when Brown came by and "started looking at her funny." Later that day, she recalled him walking up to her in a nearby park and saying: "My people are looking for you mamma, she stole 10 packs from my people. If we catch her, it's going to be digging the dirt for her."

She told officers that as he walked away, he told her, "You know all I have to do is give your mamma some cocaine and you'll be mine."

He came back later that night and told her she had until midnight to make up her mind about having sex. She said he came back at midnight, made her get into a car and drove her to a Rivers Avenue motel, where she said the assault occurred.