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RCSD: Burglaries, attempted sexual assaults may be related
Tuesday, May 24, 2011


COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Richland County deputies are investigating three burglaries and attempted sexual assaults, all along Saint Andrews Road at the same apartment complex.

In each case, the victim awoke to find an assailant standing over her bed at the Saint Andrews Point Apartments.

The first incident happened in August of last year, and the latest incident happened Monday morning. In each case, the man's face was covered.

The incident has a lot of neighbors concerned. One woman said she's ready to pack her bags. "I've been here for five years, and this is the worst," said May Maxwell. "I'm leaving."

The mother of two girls says she scared to stay after a third woman reported that a masked man broke into her apartment. "I could get hurt," said Maxwell. "My children could get hurt."

"Makes me feel scared that one day that might happen to me," said Kenby Rumpf, who has lived at the complex for two years.

A note was placed at every residents door urging them to come to a neighborhood watch meeting Tuesday night. "My kids play out here everyday and this going on in my own neighborhood," said Rumpf. "I don't feel safe anywhere nowadays."

Maxwell says she's not staying around to see what happens next. She plans to move out next month. "I just pray to God that he's caught and I pray people keep the their kids closer to them and be aware of their surroundings," said Maxwell.

The Richland County Sheriff's Department is asking you to be on the lookout for anything suspicious.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=14700883

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