Investigators with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office find themselves investigating a report of a second alleged home invasion and armed robbery in Sumter County, this time at a Cherryvale area motel, less than 48 hours after a previous incident left one man hospitalized.
According to reports, a 23-year-old man told authorities he was at a room at the Sharolyn Motel in the 4200 block of Broad Street Extension, across from Shaw Air Force Base, around 1:30 a.m. Friday when three armed assailants entered the room, locked the door behind them and demanded money.
The alleged victim said he was pistol whipped in the head and had $2,000 stolen from him, as well as credit and identification cards, before the suspects left in a Jaguar.
The victim apparently contacted authorities from the hotel room, but reports indicate he was spotted leaving the hotel in his car, the door to the room still open, as officers arrived. Deputies stopped the man on Broad Street Extension and called Sumter County Emergency Medical Services to the scene, but he refused treatment.
As was the case in a previous armed robbery Wednesday night on Brentwood Drive in southern Sumter County, the only description provided of the alleged suspects was that they were black males.
Meanwhile, the victim in the Brentwood Drive case continues to recover from his wounds at a Columbia-area hospital, where investigators interviewed him again Friday. In that case, the victim was shot at point blank range in the foot by an assailant armed with a shotgun, and beaten in the face with the weapon, as well.
While still hospitalized, the victim (who has not been formally identified by authorities) had taken to social media Friday morning, positing a photo of himself clearly bruised around the left eye. In his posts, he also thanked friends and family for their support and to commented briefly on his recollections of the evening.
“They shot me as soon as they walked in the door after I told them I had no cash,” he said. “Then they beat me with the barrel, not the butt of the gun, then made me go through the house with them looking for more money. Swore I was lying but I gave them all my cash,” he wrote.
Law enforcement officials say they expect the Brentwood Drive victim to remain hospitalized as he recovers.
Anyone with any information into either incident are asked to call either the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 436-2000, or Crime Stoppers at (803) 436-2718.