NEWBERRY — Three men have been charged with first-degree strong armed robbery and first-degree burglary in connection with a home invasion that occured May 23 at a home on S.C. 395, the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office said.
Rashawn Marquese Miller, 23, of 971 Dogwood Circle in Kershaw, Rison Aikeem Jackson, 26, of 196 Ridgeland Drive in North Augusta, and Andrew Khiry Ward, 22, of 931 Cannon St. in Newberry, remained in the Newberry Detention Center on Thursday.
Jackson and Ward were also charged with kidnapping. Bond has not been set.
According to police reports, Miller, Jackson and Ward forced their way into the home by kicking down the front door and pulled one man from his bed. The other occupant escaped through a window and ran to a neighbor’s house for help.
After the trio punched and kicked the victim, they dragged him through the home while asking him “Where the stuff at?” before leaving him in one of the home’s bedrooms, according to police reports. One of the men was said to have pantyhose pulled over his head.
Cash, identification cards, a cell phone and gift cards were reportedly taken.
Chief Deputy Todd Johnson said Miller, Jackson and Ward were acquainted with the victims through the college they attended together.