CCSO: Men with assault rifles burst into bedroom, rob woman

Jeremiah Levon Pinckney

WADMALAW ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) -- Charleston County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a man they believe burst into a woman's home and robbed her at gunpoint with her children asleep down the hall.

According to the incident report, the victim said she was in bed the night of October 30 when she heard her dogs barking outside and footsteps on her front porch.

That's when she said two men rushed into her bedroom, both with assault rifles pointed at her head. She told deputies that they made her put her hands behind her back before duct taping her. She said they asked her where her money was before duct taping her mouth as well.

She said she heard the robbers going through the drawers in her home and thought she heard them leaving but they came back into her room and asked her if she knew someone named "Ace." When she said she didn't, they left the home and she was able to cut the tape off with a knife she had in the home.

She said she checked on her two children who were still sleeping on the other side of the house and called 911.

Officials report the victim was not injured but the men got away with $1,500 in cash she had in her kitchen and her cell phone. They also broke into her car and took a computer bag but it only had papers inside.

The victim told deputies her door had been unlocked because she was expecting company.

Around noon on November 18, deputies charged 21-year-old Jeremiah Levon Pinckney with burglary in the first degree, kidnapping, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Pinckney's bond was set at $500,000 Tuesday.

A second suspect is still being sought.