Wednesday, September 3, 2014
A man arrested Wednesday evening as a suspect in a home invasion and assault has been identified as Brandon Keith Sigmon, 31, of 257 Westbrook St. in Summerville, according to Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dan Moon.
Sigmon has been charged with first-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree assault, three counts of kidnapping and possession of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime. Sigmon is being held at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center in Moncks Corner with a bond hearing scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday.
According to the sheriff’s report released Thursday afternoon, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound white male with short blond hair wearing plaid shorts and a multi-colored shirt was going to door-to-door in the Cane Bay area under the pretense of selling vacuum cleaners.
The report said the suspect reached the home at 395 Decatur Drive in the Cane Bay Plantation community, where a 32-year-old woman was home with her two small children. She said the suspect came to her front door, which she did not open. He asked if she wanted to buy a vacuum cleaner and then asked to speak to her husband.
The victim said she told the man to leave or she would call the police, at which time he left the front door area. The woman then called her husband at his workplace to tell him about the encounter and that she felt nervous. Before she could finish the call, she said the suspect broke in through the back door and forced his way into the home. At that time, the husband said he could hear his wife screaming and the phone connection was lost. He then called 911 to report a possible break-in.
The victim told police that the suspect yelled at her to get off the phone, hit her in the face and head with his fist and then a handgun. He then pushed her head against a wall several times, and pushed her 4-year-old son against the wall as well.
The woman was able to escape through the front door with her son, where several neighbors had gathered after hearing the commotion. The victim told police the man left through the back door and went over a fence in the backyard. She also said she thought the man was going to kill her.
The report said the woman’s forehead was red and swollen, she suffered cuts and bruises to her face and hands and that she had a broken front tooth.
Moon said Sigmon was found trying to hide in a retention pond at about 7 p.m. Wednesday near where the alleged assault took place.
His arrest followed a large manhunt after 911 calls just after 2 p.m. Wednesday about a possible assault and home invasion in a Cane Bay home that resulted in the lockdown of Cane Bay Middle School and Cane Bay High School.
In addition to the gun, Moon said the suspect also had a Taser. No shots were fired as far as the BCSO is aware. No weapons have been recovered yet.
After arriving on the scene Wednesday afternoon, BSCO deputies and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources set up a perimeter around the area and began stopping cars in search of the suspect.
As a result, Cane Bay High School and Cane Bay Middle School were put on lockdown. The lockdown was lifted after about an hour, according to Moon, and all students were free to leave by dismissal time.
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