COLUMBIA, SC — Richland County sheriff’s deputies arrested on Thursday morning a suspect in the county’s third home invasion since last weekend.
Angel Bush, 25, is in the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center facing a variety of charges, including trespassing, failure to stop for a blue light and drug possession.
Sheriff’s spokesman Curtis Wright said Bush is alleged to have broken into a woman’s home on the 3500 block of Percival Road early Thursday morning, whereupon he took her “against her will” to a local motel.
At that time, sheriff’s deputies intervened and Bush fled in his 2008 Ford Focus, Wilson said. After a chase, Bush wrecked the Ford and fled on foot in the 2800 block of Chatsworth Road. Eventually, deputies with a tracking dog found him on top of a shed.
In another home invasion Wednesday night on Elders Pond Circle, sheriff’s detectives continue to search for three men armed with a handgun who burst into house, tied up one person.
The suspects stole a laptop and camera and left the scene along with a female who was in the house.
Deputies are trying to determine whether the female went willingly, Wilson said.
Another home invasion took place early Sunday morning on Saluda River Road.
That home invasion resulted in the arrests of both the intruder and the victim.
In that incident, Sheriff Leon Lott said the alleged invader, Vashon Cunningham, 20, was arrested Sunday at his residence and charged with attempted murder and armed robbery.
Cunningham shot the victim and made off with a wallet, credit cards and cash.
When deputies arrived, the victim’s wife would not allow them to enter the home . Deputies smelled a strong odor of marijuana from inside and saw marijuana in the foyer. Police said marijuana was found in multiple places of the home, Lott said.
Most of the recent home invasions appear to be drug-related and involve people who know each other, Lott said.
He said there is “no outbreak” of home invasions where strangers are breaking into people’s houses.
Reach Monk at (803) 771-8344.