Police: Stranger knocks on door, asks about Christmas, grabs man’s shirt at Rock Hill apartment

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comDecember 31, 2012 

— A 27-year-old Rock Hill man told police that a man he didn’t know stood at the front door of his apartment Saturday and asked him if he had a Merry Christmas before grabbing him by his shirt.

Police were called to Mallard Pointe apartments, where the man said he heard a knock at the door around 1 p.m. When he opened the door, which had recently been replaced and didn’t have a peephole, he was met by a man in his late 20s or early 30s wearing a faded black hoodie sweatshirt with dark pants and brown boots, according to a Rock Hill police report.

The stranger at the door asked the man how he was doing and if he had a Merry Christmas, the report states. After the Christmas comment, the stranger allegedly grabbed the man by his shirt.

The man tried to retreat into his apartment, but his attacker still held onto his shirt. Eventually, the man let go of the shirt and fled when the victim said he was calling the police.

The victim told authorities that he had never seen the man before. He added that the man never demanded anything and didn’t utter a single word while grabbing him, the report states. Police surveyed the area but were unable to find the attacker.

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