Home invasion under investigation in Yemassee

Home invasion under investigation in Yemassee

YEMASSEE, S.C. (WTOC) - Yemassee Police and SLED agents responded to the scene of a home invasion on Murcier Street Wednesday morning.

“Officers got a call last night around 1:15 a.m. Two black males had kicked in the front door,” Yemassee Police Chief Gregory Alexander said. Police say the crime was unusual. “In the town of Yemassee; very seldom. That don’t happen often that we have home invasions. But unfortunately, it does happen sometimes,” Chief Alexander said.

The intruders took money and a phone. Luckily, no one was hurt. But neighbors say it’s a wake-up call.

“It’s very scary because you can’t even be in your house without someone coming in and wanting to rob you of your possessions,” neighbor Jannie Richardson said.

Richardson said now she wants to protect herself.

“I’d love to protect myself with a gun. I will try to go and get a permit to protect myself. If anybody enters my home, they might not leave out,” Richardson said.

Something the police chief said is every homeowner's right.

“If someone’s going to be stupid enough to kick your door in. Whatever consequence comes to you, it will be coming to you,” Chief Alexander said. South Carolina is a Castle doctrine state. Something the chief said is important for residents to know.

“Like I told the victim this morning, she had all the right in the world to kill him if he came in her house. And if he comes in tonight or tomorrow, she got all the right in the world to put him in the grave,” Chief Alexander said.

Police say they don’t know the motive or if perpetrators knew the victims. But neighbors say everyone is shaken up.

“And it’s very, very hard and a mother to have someone come into your house, and you don’t know if you’re not going to survive or not.”

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division was brought into the case to do the forensics. They hope that will bring answers.

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