West Ashley relative battles gunman who entered home after failed carjackings | New

A West Ashley father battled an armed suspect who entered the family home on the morning of August 10 after attempting to hijack two cars at a nearby car wash, authorities say.

Charleston police are investigating the failed carjackings, while the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, which has jurisdiction over the West Ashley residence, is investigating the home invasion.

The suspect, Deangelo Dontrel Brown, has a history of mental health issues, Charleston Police Sgt. said Beth Wolfsen. Brown, 28, was first taken to a medical facility after his arrest.

Sheriff’s deputies later incarcerated Brown in the Charleston County Jail for first-degree burglary, first-degree assault and battery, and a firearms offence.

A bail hearing is scheduled for August 11.

The gunman attempted to steal two cars waiting to be washed before 7 a.m. at Time to Shine on Savannah Highway, Wolfsen said.

The suspect used a handgun to punch a vehicle owner through his car window before opening the driver’s side door and hitting him again in the head. The customer got out of the car wash and called the police, Wolfsen said. The suspect attempted to steal another vehicle, but that driver also fled.

The pistol-whipped driver was taken to a local hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. He was released early in the afternoon, the sergeant said.

After the failed robberies, the suspect rushed to a nearby neighborhood, where he confronted a boy at a residence in North Dallerton Circle, sheriff’s spokesman Andrew Knapp said.

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He forced his way into the house, which was occupied by a couple and their four children.

The father confronted the suspect, forcing him to drop his gun, Knapp said. The mother picked up the gun and fled the house with her children.

The father and the suspect fought for several minutes. The father cornered the suspect in a room and then joined his family outside, where sheriff’s deputies and Charleston police had created a perimeter around the house. The suspect surrendered shortly after 8 a.m., Knapp said.

The father was treated at the scene for minor injuries, Knapp said. Both agencies continue to investigate the allegations.

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