November 16, 2005
Neighbors are on alert after a home invasion early Wednesday morning. The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office says the majority of them are drug related. But that’s not the case of a new mother and her family living on Richmond Hill Road in South Augusta. That’s where two masked men armed with a gun kicked in the door and demanded money. News 12 is on your side with ways to stay safe in your neighborhood.
“Oh, God I just knew we were going to die,” said Sharon Williams.
Sharon Williams was feeding her 2-week-old baby at 3 o’clock Wednesday morning, her fiancé was asleep and her 11-year-old asleep in another room, when two robbers almost kicked the door off the hinges.
“They entered the bedroom they say this is the Sheriff’s Department,” Sharon said.
But it was not the sheriff’s department, instead two robbers waving a gun and demanding money.
“I thought he was going to shoot cause the way he was waving the gun he was like give me the money. That’s when I hit the floor with my baby in my arms,” Sharon said.
“Normally, they do home invasions for cash, jewelry or things that they can turn into cash quickly,” said Major Ken Autry, Richmond Co. Sheriff’s Department.
The sheriff’s department says a homeowner may or may not know the robber.
“May or may not know the person, but the person has some knowledge of the victim,” Autry said.
Sharon says although their faces were covered, she recognized other features like their slim build and the braided hair.
“I’ve seen them. I’ve seen these little young boys, they have been riding up and down the street,” Sharon said.
This is the second time her home was broken into in less than 6 months. And now neighbors like Bobbie Cliett are growing more concerned.
“This neighborhood isn’t what we thought it was. It’s definitely not,” Sharon said.
And as Sharon works to secure her home again, she’s also working to alert her neighbors.
“We are going to put some other things in plan, especially for my children,” Bobbie said.
“I told them beware, I told them they kicking in doors and they robbing people, I said be careful,” Sharon said.
The sheriff’s office is looking for two black males between the ages of 15 and 17. They are described as having a dark complexion and having a slim build. One is 5’5” with a slim build with braids and wore a black t-shirt, black shorts, and black masks the night of the invasion. The other is 5’11” with a slim build and wore a white t-shirt and a red mask. Neighbors say they have seen these teenagers in the area before the robbery.