Beaufort News

‘Where are your guns?’: St. Helena Island teen stalled a burglar while he waited for his dad to get home

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A teenage boy had already called his dad to say someone was breaking into their St. Helena Island house when the intruder found the teen Monday morning, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office report.

The teen’s father had only recently left their Ball Park Road residence when the teen heard a knock at the door and then a window smash around 11:40 a.m., according to the report made available on Tuesday. When he heard footsteps in the home, he called his dad, who immediately turned the car around and called 911.

“Where are your guns?” the burglar yelled at the teen upon kicking in the bathroom door and finding him inside, according to the report. The man had “a large gun” pointed at the boy. The boy started going through drawers in the house, making it seem like he was looking for guns, he told deputies later.

When the father returned home, the suspect ran out of the house and started to walk away, according to the report. The father yelled for the man to stop, but instead he brandished a long gun at the father. In return, the dad fired a shot from the pistol he pulled from his glove box, and the man ran off.

The Sheriff’s Office set up a perimeter and searched the area on Monday but could not find the suspect, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

It’s not yet known whether the father’s bullet hit the suspected burglar, but there is no evidence to suggest that it did, Sheriff’s Office Capt. Bob Bromage said Monday afternoon.

The intruder is described as a 6-foot-tall African-American man weighing approximately 150 to 160 pounds, according to the release. He was wearing a blue, hooded sweatshirt and white gym shorts.

Anyone with information can contact Sgt. Andrew Rice at 843-255-3429 or send a tip to Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-888-Crime-SC.

Joan McDonough: 843-706-8125, @IPBG_Joan