Armed burglary suspect arrested, escorted out of victim’s home at gunpoint

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — Police were on the scene of a burglary in North Charleston on Tuesday morning, according to North Charleston Police.

The call came in at 3:39 a.m. on Tuesday. North Charleston Police, North Charleston Fire crews and Charleston County EMS all responded to the 2100 block of Easy Street, which is near Rivers Avenue and Northwoods Boulevard. Upon officers arrival, they were told by dispatch that the resident fired a shot at the suspect.

According to officials, when they arrived on scene the victim, Everett Smith, 53, walked the suspect outside at gun point, and was taken into custody by 3:45 a.m. North Charleston Police identified the suspect as Eric Michael Stevens, 30, of North Charleston.

Smith told officers he was lying in bed when he heard something come through a window in an adjoining room to his bedroom. That’s when Smith grabbed his firearm and shot one round at the Stevens, causing Stevens to land on his bed. Smith then ordered the suspect out of his house at gunpoint.

According to the police report, Stevens told the officers that he went to Colucci’s Jewelry store around midnight with the intent to rob the store. When he was not able to break in, he went back to his car parked on Easy Street. That is when he noticed the house nearby had security cameras. Stevens told the officers he broke into the home to destroy the video so he could not be identified for the attempted robbery of Colucci’s. When police got to the home, Stevens was dressed in all black and wearing gloves and a mask.

Stevens was arrested on burglary first degree, attempted burglary second degree and possession of burglary tools charges.

According to News 2 Reporter Ashley Yost who was at the scene early Tuesday morning, five police cars were on scene, which was taped off with crime tape.

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