Man arrested after Aiken home invasion

James Anthony Garner, 18, was arrested Saturday in Aiken.

A man was arrested in connection with a home invasion that left an 85-year-old woman injured early Saturday morning in Aiken.


James Anthony Garner, 18, was charged with attempted murder, grand larceny and first-degree burglary and is being held without bail in connection with a home invasion in the 300 block of Plantation Drive, according to Aiken County Sheriff’s Capt. Troy Elwell.

Around 4:30 a.m., Fredrix Fox called 911 and said his wife’s mother had called saying her head was bleeding. When they got to the house, Ester Catino was sitting on her couch in the den bleeding from her head, according to a police report.

Catino told officers she had noticed her jewelry box had been moved to the hallway. She picked it up and moved it back into her bedroom and went to her bed. She then noticed a white male and was immediately hit in the head with something. Fox told police the man had taken her jewelry box, the report said.

Fox walked the perimeter of the house and found an overturned planter in the rear of the house.

Garner was found around Hucklebee Drive in his car shortly after.



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