Police searching for home invasion suspect

NORTH AUGUSTA - Aiken County investigators are searching for a home invasion suspect after being notified by two young girls hiding in a closet, according to Capt. Troy Elwell, of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

A 13-year-old and 9-year-old were alone at the home on the 1500 block of Ascauga Lake Road when a man pulled up and began knocking on the door.

The teen told officers she ignored the knocks and the man returned to his vehicle. But after some time, he returned and began to bang on another door, Elwell said. After no response, the suspect kicked in the door.

The girls were taking refuge in the closet where they called their father, who told them to stay put and call 911, Elwell said.

By the time officers arrived at 2:06 p.m., the suspect was gone.