Beaufort News

Robbery, assault reported at Bluffton House

A 31-year-old Bluffton man was robbed and beaten by a man with a handgun at Bluffton House Apartments early Wednesday, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators do not believe the crime, which occurred at about 2:30 a.m., is related to an armed robbery at Bluffton's Estates at Westbury Park Apartments late Wednesday night, sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Robin McIntosh said.

The man told deputies he had visited a friend at an apartment and had showed the friend about $3,000 he was carrying, McIntosh said.

At about 2:30 a.m., he walked home. As he neared his apartment, a man with a pistol approached and demanded his cash. The man struck him in the head with the pistol, knocking him out, McIntosh said.

When he came to, his cash was gone, she said.

The man told deputies he walked home, where he passed out again. He called deputies to report the robbery later that day.

The robber was described as a black male, 25 to 30 years old and about 5-foot-10, according to a sheriff news release.

Anyone with information should call the Sheriff's Office at 843-255-3414 or county dispatch at 843-524-2777.