Women Held at Gunpoint
Dorchester County deputies respond to Ridgeville home after two women allegedly held at gunpoint during a Wednesday morning home invasion.
Held at gunpoint and forced to search her house for prescription medicines, Kimberly Haas grabbed her cell phone, quickly dialed 9-1-1 and threw the phone under the bed.
Operators could only hear the 49-year-old Ridgeville woman in the background calling for help during the Wednesday morning call.
Haas, accompanied by a young friend who had stopped in to check on her, didn't even know if the call had gone through.
"I managed to grab my cell phone and dial 9-1-1 and prayed that I'd have signal and threw it under the bed," she told Patch.
According to the Dorchester County incident report, Haas' home at 138 Eagle Drive was allegedly broken in to by two men demanding the chronically ill woman's prescription medicine. The men also allegedly made off with a shotgun.
The drugs may have made Haas a target. Haas is on pain relievers since having both feet partially amputated due to her diabetes.
"There's always a chance when you find drugs in a house the people don't pick it at random," Sheriff Public Information Officer Maj. John Garrison said.
Garrison said the investigation is ongoing and it is still too early to tell if the suspects will be apprehended quickly. Haas described the men as black and in their early 20s. One is about 5-foot, 8-inches tall and 150 pounds, and the other is about 6-foot tall and 180 pounds. Both wore hoodies, tied tightly around their faces, Haas said.
According to Haas, the men entered her home at around 9 a.m. Wednesday, just minutes after her friend Alma Angel Arana of Moncks Corner had stopped to visit.
At first, with the cavalier way the men entered the home and shut the door behind them, Haas assumed it was friends playing a prank. She even batted away the gun and told them to stop playing around.
The men forced Haas and Arana to the floor, and then had Haas take them around the mobile home in search of prescription medications. According to the incident report, the men took about $60 in drugs.
It was during that search that Haas attempted to reach 9-1-1, not knowing the call went through until after the men left and she saw deputies at her neighbor's house.
"It seemed like it lasted forever," Haas said.
When the suspects left on foot and the deputies arrived, the K-9 units were deployed in an effort to track the men, who remain at large and unidentified.
"I'm just scared every time my dog barks," Haas said. "I'm definitely moving now."
Haas said her neighborhood has suffered a few break-ins in the past, but this was the worst.