UNION COUNTY — The Union County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a home invasion of a Union residence and the robbery of a Lockhart convenience store this past weekend.
The home invasion occurred Friday afternoon between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. at a residence on Brown’s Creek Church Road in the Union area. When deputies arrived they were met by the complainant who told them that the victim had informed her that someone came to his residence and put a gun to his head.
The incident report states the deputies then spoke with the victim who told them that a black male came to his residence and knocked on the door. The victim said he opened the door and the man asked him if another person still had a Caprice vehicle for sale. The victim said he told the man that the vehicle had been gone for a while. After being told that, the victim said the man got back into a black Honda and left.
The victim said that four or five minutes later there was another knock on the door. He said that as he unlocked the door a tall, thin black male pushed open the door, put a gun to his head, and told him to back up. The victim said that the black male who had knocked at his door earlier also came into his residence. He said the man with the gun wanted to know if the person with the Caprice was there and he told him he wasn’t.
The report states the victim said the man with the gun then told him that he was there to kill the person who’d had the Caprice because someone had told him to.
The victim said he was then asked if there was anyone else in the house and he told him his wife was there, but that she was sick. He said the two men then went up the stairs to his bedroom and then to the bedroom of the person they were looking for. When they came out, the victim said they came holding a white bag with something wrapped in it.
The report states the person who the two men were looking for later came home and checked his bedroom but could not find anything missing.
The victim described the first black male as short with a fat face and twisted hair and wearing a white tee shirt and blue jeans. He said the thin black male with the gun was about 6’4 or 6’5 with short hair and wearing a lime green color outfit. They left the scene in a four-door Honda which was very loud and was faded black in color.
The report states that the victim said the two men stole his cell phone off his side from the cell phone holder.
An investigator was dispatched to the scene, processed it, and provided the victim with a victim’s form.
The armed robbery of the convenience store occurred just before 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lockhart One Stop on the Jonesville-Lockhart Highway in the Lockhart area.
The incident report states that as deputies were en route to the scene, dispatch informed them that the complainant said a black male wearing sunglasses and a blue hoodie had entered the store, pulled a handgun on her and demanded money from the register. The complainant said that after he robbed her, the man left the building and once outside went to the left. She was not sure if he’d left the scene on foot or in a car.
As they arrived at the scene, the report states that deputies drove around the area searching for the suspect. Deputies then spoke with the complainant who said she had been stocking the cooler and then went to the register. The complainant said it was then that a black male wearing a blue hoodie, black sunglasses, and surgical gloves walked up to the register and said “Open your drawer and give me all your money.” She said he then cocked the gun which was black in color.
The complainant said she went to hit the robbery button and the man told her “Don’t do that or I’ll shoot.” She said he then took all the cash from the register and left the store. It was then that she called 911.
Deputies also interviewed a witness who said he had been helping the complainant stock the cooler at the time of the robbery. The witness said that when he and the complainant exited the cooler a black male wearing a blue hoodie, blue surgical gloves, and black shades walked up to the register and pulled a small pistol from his hoodie. He said the man told the complainant to open the register and give him everything in it. She did and the man turned around, walked outside and went toward the car wash.
The report states that the K-9 Unit was called to the scene and checked the area but was unable to locate the suspect.
It further states that the complainant said there was approximately $300 in the register at the time of the incident.
The case was turned over to investigations.
Union County Sheriff David Taylor said that the investigations into both incidents are continuing and he urged anyone with information on either case to call his office at 429-1612 or Crimestoppers 427-0800. He said person wishing to remain anonymous may do so, adding that rewards will be provided for information leading to arrests.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.