Suspect Arrested in Home Invasion

ST.HELENA, SC (April 9/10:30 AM) – A 21-year old St. Helena woman is in custody in connection with last week’s burglary and armed robbery at a Kinfolk Ln home.

Lashawnda Cecelia Bentley turned herself into investigators at the Sheriff’s Office yesterday afternoon. She was wanted on charges of 1st degree Burglary, Armed Robbery, and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Violent Crime. Bentley was identified as one of two suspects who broke into the home at 23 Kinfolk Ln on the night of April 1st.

At approximately 11:00 pm that night, Sheriff’s deputies responded in reference to a robbery that occurred moments before. Upon arrival, deputies met with a 27-year old female victim who advised that an unknown black male and female had made entry to her home and robbed her at gunpoint.

The victim advised that she was in her bedroom, and her two children (ages 6 and 8) were in the kitchen when the two suspects came in through a sliding glass door. The female suspect (Bentley), who was armed with a handgun demanded money, threatening to kill the victim’s children if she did not comply.

After taking the victim’s purse containing an undisclosed amount of cash, both suspects fled the home, leaving the victim and her children unharmed.

The investigation remains active at this time pending the identification and arrest of the second suspect, who was described only as a black male wearing all black clothing with a red bandana over his face.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to contact either Investigator SSgt. B. Baird at 843-470-3211 or the Beaufort County Dispatch Center at 843-524-2777.


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