West Ashley home attack suspect arrested

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The man who police say sexually assaulted a woman after breaking into her home last month is in custody.

Filiciano Smith, 28, is charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct, burglary, kidnapping and unlawful carrying of a firearm.

The alleged incident happened in the early hours of May 22 on Chadwick Drive in the Old Windmere neighborhood in West Ashley.

Police say they used a forensic vacuum which found physical evidence that linked Smith to the incident.

Court documents say Smith tied the victim’s hands behind her back while he was in her house for two hours.

Smith was arrested Thursday near America Street in downtown Charleston.

“This was a true whodunit investigation,” said Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen, “the victim never saw his face.”

A judge did not set bond for Smith’s sexual conduct charge so Smith will remain at Al Cannon Detention Center until his next court appearance.

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