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Juveniles arrested in 'vicious' assault

Dec 16, 2010 6:20:00 PM - thestate.com
Two high school students are in custody after they broke into an elderly woman’s home, vandalized it, sexually assaulted her and stole property, the Richland County Sheriff’s 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 sheriff’s 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 sheriff’s department said.

The 80-year-old woman gave detailed descriptions of the boys and deputies canvassed the neighborhood to ask about suspicious activity. The woman’s 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.”

Sheriff’s investigators are working with the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, which would decide whether to charge the teens as adults.

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