Woman escapes robbery attempt in Beaufort

A man who offered to help a 33-year-old Port Royal woman find a place to live tried to rob her Saturday of the $600 she brought as a deposit, according to the Beaufort Police Department.

The woman told authorities she had been looking for a place to live and met a man named "Carl" last week at a club by the MCAS Credit Union in Port Royal.

She got a call from him Saturday saying he had found a home for her, according to the police report. He told her to bring $600 for a deposit and met her in Port Royal so they could drive to Beaufort together.

The woman told police they turned down Stuart Street and the man demanded she give him the deposit money, but she resisted. The man grabbed her blouse by the collar and tried to get the money from her.

A couple came out to assist her after she jumped out of the car and yelled for help. The man drove off without the money.

The woman said he was driving a brown compact car with tinted windows, but she did not think it belonged to him. She said he is black, about 6-feet-2, 250 pounds and about 29 years old. He wore a blue jersey with No. 23 and "Hester" on the back in white. He wore white jogging pants and blue tennis shoes.

By Juliann Vachon