Man facing charges of assault, burglary

info@islandpacket.comDecember 24, 2013 

A Bluffton man was charged with assault and burglary Saturday after an incident earlier this month in which he and another man forced their way into a home on Simmonsville Road, a Bluffton Police Department spokesman said.

Alberto Hernandez, 19, was arrested Saturday on first-degree assault and battery and first-degree burglary warrants related to a Dec. 9 incident on Simmonsville Road, Lt. Joe Babkiewicz said. Hernandez and Bluffton resident Matthew Carlson, 23, forced their way into Carlson's ex-girlfriend's home on Simmonsville Road about 1:30 a.m. Dec. 9, attacking a person inside.

Babkiewicz said the victim suffered minor injuries from the assault.

Carlson was arrested later on Dec. 9 and charged with two counts of third-degree assault and first-degree burglary, according to the Beaufort County Detention Center jail log. He was released after posting a $14,370 bond.

Hernandez is being held at the detention center in lieu of $40,262 bond. He was also cited for public drunkenness, according to the jail log.

Babkiewicz said the two men were charged with first-degree burglary because of the time of night the entry into the home occurred.

Compiled by staff writers Rebecca Lurye and Matt McNab.

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