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Police searching for suspect after abduction, armed robbery in Sun City

Published: Oct. 19, 2021 at 5:29 PM EDT
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BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (WTOC) - Beaufort County law enforcement is looking for a man suspected of abducting and robbing a woman at gunpoint in Sun City.

Deputies say a woman reported a man with a gun entered her home and demanded money sometime after 9 a.m. Tuesday.

When the woman said she didn’t have any money in the house, the suspect forced her to drive to a local bank and withdraw money. She says after returning home, the man ran towards Highway 170.

“Subject entered her home, at gunpoint demanded money from the woman, she stated she didn’t have any money at the house he forced her to drive him in her car to a local bank where she withdrew money and gave it to the subject, went back to her house and then he took off on foot,” Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Bob Bromage said.

The suspect is described as a man between 50 and 60 years old, wearing dark clothes, a blue mask and a black knit hat.

Sun City is a community protected by gates, which is why some residents were particularly shocked at the events that happened yesterday.

“We came here three years ago partially because the security, that it was a gated community and we didn’t have to worry about things like this,” Sun City resident Don Ries said.

People who live behind these gates, say they’ll be changing their ways to ensure this doesn’t happen to them as well.

“Frankly, we didn’t always lock our doors and but since this has happened the doors are going to be locked all the time.”

The Rieses are keeping in relatively good spirits but have a specific worry.

“I’m verry worried. I’m visually challenged so I can’t see I can’t drive I don’t know where our bank is, so they better not break into the house, but tell them not to break into our house.”

The sheriff’s office is still trying to identify the suspect and mentions he would face several felony charges if caught.

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