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UPDATE | Police arrest 1 following home invasion on Cherokee Street

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Published: Dec. 20, 2018 at 6:13 PM EST
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Friday, Dec. 21, 2018

News 12 @ 6 O’clock / NBC 26 at 7

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Keisha Butler is still shocked.

"I never thought this would happen on Cherokee Street," she says.

Thursday night's home invasion two houses down from her took the life of 27-year-old Donell Boyd.

"I was just trying to make sure it wasn't one of my boys...because like I said we're always at everyone's house on this block."

Police arrested Andrew Harrison who they found running on Powderhouse Road shortly after.

Captain Martin Sawyer with DPS says it's not clear how he's involved yet but they're working on a connection.

"We believe he is a suspect, he matched the description."

Butler got home right after police showed up.

"Crime scene investigation...I mean there was yellow tape all the way from my driveway to the end of the road,” she says describing the scene.

She knew Boyd and says he didn't deserve his fate.

"Loving dude. He would give you the shirt off his back. He loved his family, his son. In fact, all he talked about lately was how he just wanted the be there for his son."

She's confused at why the burglars came here.

"That's shocking, cause why would they come on this street to look for him. He doesn't even live here."

Capt. Martin Sawyer is with the ADPS Investigation Division. He says the incident that happened Thursday night was not accidental.

"This was not random. They didn't just pick a house to break into. That did not happen."

Sawyer says Boyd was a target.

"They were there at this residence specifically to target this victim," Capt. Sawyer tells News 12.

Police are out today searching for a clue that will lead to the second person involved.

"We do not believe the second suspect is still in the area on foot."

Butler says she'll be looking over her shoulder until they do.

"I hope they find who did it...so we can be at peace."

If you saw or suspect anything, if you know something, Sawyer and DPS want you to reach out to them. Any anonymous tips can give them the lead they need.


Friday, December 21, 2018

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- We're learning more about what happened when a man was shot in his own home during an invasion Thursday.

The Aiken Department of Public Safety tells News 12 Two male suspects left the scene on foot. Andrew Harrison was arrested on Powderhouse Road later in connection to the crime.

Harrison's exact role or alleged involvement in the crime is still being investigated. Public Safety officers do not believe this was a random act of violence. They believe the victim, 27-year-old Carl Boyd, was targeted.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Aiken Department of Public Safety at (803) 642-7620 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372).

Callers may remain anonymous and may receive a cash reward up to $1000.


Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018

12:18 a.m.

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- According to officials, a man has died after a home invasion in Aiken.

27-year-old Carl Boyd has died after being shot during a home invasion.

He was transported to Aiken Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Officials also say one person has been detained. They say the investigation on Cherokee Street continues, and they are asking people to report any suspicious activity.

6:53 p.m.

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- According to the Department of Public Safety, one person is the victim of a gunshot wound.

Officials are still looking for 2 suspects who are said to be connected to a home invasion near Cherokee Street.

News 12 is investigating to find out more information to pass along to you.

At this time Aiken authorities continue to ask that people stay away from the area as they conduct their search.

6:30 p.m.

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- According to officials, one person was injured during the home invasion.

The victim was taken to the hospital. The cause of the injury and the condition of the victim is unknown at this time.

Officials on the scene are using bloodhounds to track down the suspects.

6:18 p.m.

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- According to a recent social media post, Aiken officials are looking for two suspects connected to a home invasion near Cherokee Street.

Officials say the suspects were wearing all black and covered their face with ski masks.

They are asking everyone to avoid the area.

A News 12 crew is looking into the incident to bring you the latest information.

LAW ENFORCEMENT ADVISORY: There is currently a heavy law enforcement presence from Park Ave to Audubon Drive and Two Notch Road to Banksmill Road. Officers are conducting a search for two suspects involved in a home invasion on the 200 block southwest of Cherokee Street off of South Boundary Avenue. Suspects were dressed in all black wearing ski masks at the time of the home invasion. Please avoid the area if possible and report any suspicious activity to Aiken Public Safety.

Posted by City of Aiken, South Carolina Government Department of Public Safety on Thursday, December 20, 2018

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