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Gunman in 3 Rock Hill home invasions: ‘I just want to feed my baby’

By Rachel Southmayd
rsouthmayd@heraldonline.com

ROCK HILL The gunman who forced his way into three Rock Hill homes told homeowners he was only trying to feed his kids, according to police.

Late Monday and early Tuesday, the unknown suspect kicked in the front door of three homes within a mile of each other on Graham Street, Barrow Street and Willowbrook Avenue. A second suspect was reported in one of the home invasions.

Two of the victims were women in their 80s. The third was a young couple in their 20s.

“He didn’t seem like a killer,” victim Lucille Rains, 82, said of the robber. “He just seemed like he needed some money.”

Rains told police she was sleeping in her bedroom when she heard a loud bang, according to a Rock Hill Police report.

A man came in, pointed a gun at her and told her to get on the ground. The robber said “I don’t want to shoot nobody tonight, I just want to feed my baby,” the report states.

Rains asked the robber why he picked her home, and he said it was chosen randomly.

Another victim, an 80-year-old woman who lives on Willowbrook Avenue, said she woke to the sound of her dogs barking. The thief came into her bedroom, pointed a gun at her and demanded cash and jewelry. The woman told the robber she gave away all her jewelry since she was terminally ill. The suspect apologized but said she “better have something or he was going to kill her,” according to a police report.

In each case, the suspect was described as a white man, about 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, wearing all black and a black ski mask and gloves. The second suspect was described as a black man about 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds.

The robbers left after taking money and electronics. At one home, the thief got away with about $80, mostly in quarters.

Anyone with information is asked to call York County CrimeStoppers at 1-877-409-4321.

The Herald’s news partner, WSOC-TV, contributed

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072
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