Judge denies bond for man accused in Cane Bay assault, burglary

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) -- At noon Thursday, Berkeley County deputies identified the man they say assaulted a woman at her Cane Bay home and led officials on a lengthy manhunt that led to school lockdowns and car searches.

According to the sheriff's office, 31-year-old Brandon Keith Sigmon was charged with first-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree assault, three counts of kidnapping, and weapons possession.

He was denied bond.

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Victim in bond court: 'That man was there to kill me'

During the hearing, the home invasion victim was not present, but she was heard. She spoke directly to Sigmon by phone.

"The monster that did this, forced his way into my home and terrorized myself and my two children. The image of him beating me and Tasing me while my two very young, beautiful children looked on," she said.

The victim told police the suspect was door to door in the Cane Bay neighborhood claiming to sell vacuum cleaners. When she refused, she said Sigmon broke in and attacked her.

"The brutality that he attacked me with was horrifying and did not stop. He was not there to rob me; he was there to do harm," she said. "I truly believe in my heart that man was there to kill me while my two babies watched in horror."

She said Sigmon hit her repeatedly with a gun, breaking her teeth. He also used a stun gun on her, she said.

"My poor children were screaming and terrified. He kept telling me to quiet my children. He wanted me to quiet them while he continued to punch me and smash my head through drywall in my home," she said.

Sigmon remained silent as she spoke. His next court date is in November.

After the hearing, one of Sigmon's family members called ABC News 4 to apologize for his alleged crimes.

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Attack leads to manhunt through Cane Bay area

Berkeley County deputies spent much of Wednesday looking for a man posing as a vacuum salesman they say was involved in an assault of a woman. The man was taken into custody around 8 p.m.

He was thought to be carrying a Taser and a gun, deputies said.

According to an incident report released Thursday, the victim's husband called 911 after his wife called him to talk about a strange man at the door. The victim's husband said he heard his wife scream and then lost the connection.

Based on what investigators gathered, the attacker, identified as Sigmon by deputies, was turned away at the Decatur Drive front door so he went to the back door and kicked it in.

The victim told deputies Sigmon ordered her to get off the phone and then punched and hit her with a gun. He also pushed the victim's head against a wall, the report states.

Her children, ages 2 and 4, were also in the house at the time of the assault, the report shows. Both were crying during the attack. Sigmon told the victim to silence the kids and then pushed one of them into a wall, the report states.

The victim managed to grab her children and run. She saw the attacker leave through the back door as she ran, she told deputies. The victim had several cuts and scratches on her hands and face and she was taken to Medical University Hospital.

The woman told deputies several times that she thought Sigmon was going to kill her.

One woman who did not want to publicize her name said she spotted the suspect from her bedroom window in a large construction area behind her home.

"I was literally standing here. You can see the port-a-potty out there. That's where the guy walked out from. He gets in the pond to the left and he was taking a bath, then gets out and puts on a black shirt," she said.

His change of clothing got her attention. She said she called 911 and he was captures less than five minutes later.

"I literally hung up the phone, walked downstairs, went outside and all the commotion happened," she said.

Cane Bay High and Middle schools were on lockdown as a result of the incident, officials said. At Cane Bay High School, students were being released in small waves around 4 p.m. Meanwhile, deputies set up a command center in the Publix parking lot off Cane Bay Boulevard.

The incident happened on Decatur Drive. Deputies spent hours stopping and searching cars in the area, especially those on Highway 176.

Officials said the man was posing as a vacuum salesman to get into the woman's home. He is a white male and was wearing a tan shirt, plaid shorts, white boat shoes and a plaid bandana.

Deputies said the victim had serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The Cane Bay neighborhood returned to quiet and normalcy Thursday.

"I'm not the least bit concerned," neighbor Holly Mathis said.

Police say it took them 6 hours to find and arrest Sigmon. They said he was acting alone and there was no further threat to the community.