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Investigators arrest suspect accused of assaulting woman at Cane Bay home

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Thursday, September 4, 2014 | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office say they have arrested a man suspected of breaking into a home in the Cane Bay area and assaulting a woman Wednesday afternoon which prompted a number of schools to go on lockdown.

BCSO officials say the suspect was spotted hiding in a construction area Wednesday evening. Authorities say after the suspect was spotted, he jumped into a pond and ran into a wooded area where he was apprehended.
The sheriff's office is expected to release the name of the suspect and the charges he faces.

According to investigators, the suspect was posing as a vacuum cleaner salesman when the home invasion occurred at a house in the 300 block of Decatur Drive after 2 p.m.

The sheriff's office says the suspect forced his way inside the home and assaulted a woman, who investigators say suffered "fairly" extensive injuries.

Investigators say the suspect was armed with a gun and taser; no shots were reported during the incident. Dive teams are expected to respond to the area Thursday morning to search for the taser and gun.

Deputies were actively searching the Cane Bay area, and vehicles for the subject Wednesday afternoon and evening that had some residents in the area concerned.

"Everybody's pretty friendly and gets along," said Keith Dolan."And something like this happens...keeps you on your toes."

"It's very scary," said Mary Kinlaw."There's a lot of stay-at-home moms here. We have single parents. We have a lot of children in the neighborhood."

"I still feel very safe in this community, especially seeing this response, seeing how big a deal it is," said Skyla Makay.

Schools in the Cane Bay area went into lockdown during the incident.

The lockdown was a precautionary measure, according to Berkeley School District spokesman Deon Jackson. Law enforcement officials said there was no imminent threat to either of the Cane Bay schools.

Parents reported earlier that they had received calls that both Cane Bay Middle and High schools were on lockdown.

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