Aiken County investigators looking into series of violent crimes

By: Travis Ragsdale Email
By: Travis Ragsdale Email

Friday, May 23, 2014

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW) -- After three violent crimes in the past 36 hours, Aiken County law enforcement is working together to catch at least one set of crooks.

“Especially when you have things happen like we've had over the past day and a half,” said Captain Eric Abdullah with the sheriff’s office.“There are going to be separate investigators working those cases.”

First it was a home invasion and sexual assault in North Augusta. Public Safety says that two men forced their way into a home on Atomic Road Thursday morning. Once inside the home they say that one of the suspects held the male victim at gun point while the second suspect sexually assaulted the female victim.

“We're going to treat these as two separate incidents and perhaps somewhere down the line there becomes a connection,” Abdullah said.

The second came late Thursday night in Wagener with two more male suspects involved in a home invasion. Investigators say that two men gained entry into the house, stole several items and before leaving, shot the victim inside the house in the forehead. The victim was taken to an area hospital.

“Well we usually look out for this neighborhood but it did happen,” said Peggy Smith who lives near with the crime happened. “From now on I guess I'll keep my door locked and everybody be on alert.”

Then came the robbery Friday morning, when a man was trying to open up a store around 7 a.m. on Whiskey Road when two men approached and robbed him. Deputies say that the victim then ran away but that’s when the two suspects shot at the victim. He was not hurt.

“We could have something that is similar to the way another incident happened in someone else’s jurisdiction that could be a pattern that we could discover just based upon talking with one another,” Abdullah said.

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