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Grandmother held at gunpoint in Johns Island home

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012 | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports

JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - She had a necklace and ring stolen, but one Johns Island woman is lucky to have her life after she was held at gunpoint inside her home this past weekend.

Sixty-year-old Sabrina -- who requested we not use her last name -- said she was at home watching television late Friday night when three masked men barged into her house.

"He came around and put the gun to my head and said, ‘I want all the money and your cards.' I said, ‘I don't have any money here'," she said.

Sabrina's six-year-old grandson was on the floor sleeping at the time, while the men ransacked the home.

"He slept through the whole thing because they were being real quiet, but when they started shooting is when [he] woke up," she said.

One of the men fired at least three rounds inside the home, hitting the walls and ceiling.

Sabrina said one of the scariest parts of the 20-minute ordeal was when her daughter and son returned home and interrupted the crime.

"My daughter walked in real quick to go to the restroom, and I'm like, ‘Get out, get out!' She looked at me like, ‘What's going on, Momma?' And then she saw the guy with the gun," Sabrina said.

Pointing to bruises on her arm, Sabrina said her son grabbed her and tried to shield her body.

"Sometimes you wonder if your kids really love you or not, and that right there showed me my kids love me unconditionally," Sabrina said.

That's when the men fled the scene, leaving Sabrina and her family unhurt – but shaken.

"The next day is really when I felt it - just how close to death we all were," she said.

Shortly after, a Charleston Police Officer patrolling the area initiated a traffic stop of a suspicious vehicle. Inside the car were two of the suspects. Lataj Maxwell, 28, of Wadmalaw Island, and Jarell Bailey, 18, of Johns Island, are both charged with Burglary 1st Degree, Kidnapping, Armed Robbery, and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Violent Crime.

A third suspect is still being sought by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office. Anyone with information can call the Sheriff's Office at 843-202-1700 or Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.

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