Landrum seeks help to identify suspect
Published 5:20 pm Friday, April 6, 2012
Sketch of one assailant released
The Landrum Police Department has released a composite sketch of one suspect accused of assaulting a Landrum business owner last week.
The assault occurred around 1 a.m. March 31 outside the back entrance of Cakes and Confections 4U located downtown along East Rutherford Street.
The owner of the business said after returning to the business to retrieve her umbrella, two men sexually assaulted her, with one punching her in the face three times causing severe bruising.
The two men attempted to force the owner back into the store, but she refused and after fighting off the attackers for eight to 10 minutes, she pulled a 32-pistol out of her back pocket and fired one shot at them. The storeowner said she told the men she had money in her back pocket and reached around and pulled the gun on them.
The two took off on foot after she fired the shot and the storeowner ran to the Landrum Police Department.
Landrum police searched for the suspects and called the assistance of the Spartanburg County Dog Tracking Team, who tracked the suspects’ scents for about ¼ mile up North Shamrock Avenue before losing the scents.
The suspects are described as between the ages of 18 and 22 with one black and one bi-racial or Hispanic male. The black male was wearing a dark hoodie and the bi-racial or Hispanic man was wearing a black ball cap with a bull sign on it.
Landrum Police Chief Tim Edgens said the storeowner worked with a composite sketch artist from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) to help identify the bi-racial or Hispanic suspect.
Anyone with information regarding the suspects is urged to call the Landrum Police Department at 864-457-7281 or Crimestoppers at 58-CRIME.