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Home burns after attempted robbery

Saturday, March 22, 2014 9:36 PM
Last updated 10:00 PM
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Police say a Beech Island man tried to rob a Gran­ite­ville woman at gunpoint Sat­urday inside her home, which later became a fire scene.

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James Earl Sheppard was taken into custody by the Ai­ken County Sheriff’s Office late Saturday. He will be charged pending the results of an investigation, Capt. Eric Abdullah said.

The woman, who lives in the 400 block of Connector Road, told deputies that she came home to find a man in all black with a gun demanding she hand over money and her car keys.

The woman managed to escape and call 911, Ab­dul­lah said. When deputies arrived, they found the woman in the street and the house on fire.

The sheriff’s office set up a perimeter and shut down part of Connector Road while crews put out the blaze. Shortly thereafter, Abdullah said, police received a call about a suspicious white male on Midland Drive.

Deputies made contact with Sheppard on Midland Drive and gathered sufficient evidence to link him to the home invasion, Abdullah said. It is unclear whether Sheppard started the fire.

Staff Writer Doug Stutsman contributed to this story.

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Casting_Fool 03/23/14 - 02:14 am
A fire after being robbed.

A fire after being robbed. That's sad.

corgimom 03/23/14 - 09:03 am
He's been arrested before on

He's been arrested before on assault and battery charges, that woman was very lucky that she wasn't hurt.

Maybe now they will lock him up and keep him in prison, he is downright dangerous.

curly123053 03/23/14 - 09:03 am
Sad Event

I followed this call as it went down on the scanner and online reports from the neighbors. This lady is very lucky to be alive. She totally refused to cooperate with this intruder and this may have saved her life. You rarely hear of intruders setting fires after confronting residents, but I would bet he did it to spite the lady's lack of cooperation with his demands. He deserves a lot of years in the big house!

corgimom 03/23/14 - 02:02 pm
It was reported on one of the

It was reported on one of the news stations that he set the fire to try to get away.

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