A Charleston woman woke up in her bedroom early Monday to find three masked men, one of them with a rifle, inside her apartment demanding money from her that she didn't have.
The 29-year-old victim told police she was able to escape out the front door of her apartment at 944 Wappoo Road after they led her downstairs at gunpoint.
Charleston Police have arrested one man in the case so far. Marcus Antoni Simmons, 25, Charleston, is charged with burglary in the first degree, attempted armed robbery, kidnapping and conspiracy to violate the state narcotics law.
Officers responded to the apartment at 5:30 a.m. Monday. The victim said she was asleep in an upstairs apartment when the man with the gun switched on the light and told her to get out of bed and give him money, according to an incident report.
The woman insisted she didn't have any money. The man forced her downstairs while a second suspect remained upstairs. Once downstairs, the victim walked backwards with her hands up and bumped into a glass coffee table in the living room. She told police she thought the noise startled the armed suspect, who then walked to the back door of the apartment where she saw a third masked suspect, the report says.
The woman told police that's when she ran out the front door and called 911. Once she was out of the apartment she heard a gunshot on the second floor of the apartment, the report says.
She was unable to give a description of the suspects, except that the man with the gun was a light-skinned black male and the other two had darker skin.
The report says the men broke into the apartment by breaking out the glass at the top of the apartment's back door.
The incident is under investigation, according to Charles Francis, public information officer for the police department.