Two high school students are in custody after they broke into an elderly womans home, vandalized it, sexually assaulted her and stole property, the Richland County Sheriffs Department reported.
The 14-and 15-year old boys forced their way into the home in Trenholm Acres off of Two Notch Road around 9 p.m. Tuesday, the sheriffs department said. They were armed with a shotgun and began demanding money from the victim. The suspects ransacked the house and then assaulted the woman in a back bedroom before fleeing on foot. They stole electronics, jewelry and money, the sheriffs department said.
The 80-year-old woman gave detailed descriptions of the boys and deputies canvassed the neighborhood to ask about suspicious activity. The womans description and the neighbors help led the investigators to arrest the boys. The teens remain in custody and are charged as juveniles.
Sheriff Leon Lott described the burglary and assault as viscious and malicious.
Sheriffs investigators are working with the 5th Circuit Solicitors Office, which would decide whether to charge the teens as adults.