Police: Man points gun at child during Rock Hill home invasion

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comJanuary 7, 2013 

— A 12-year-old Rock Hill girl says a man wearing a panda mask broke into her room, held her at gunpoint and misfired the gun after he chased a woman through the house Friday afternoon.

Around 5:30 p.m., police went to a home on the 1100 block of Ellen Avenue after receiving calls about a burglary. There, they spoke with a 34-year-old woman who said she and her youngest daughter, 7, saw a “figure” walk by her front window, according to a Rock Hill police report. When they went to investigate, they saw a man near the backdoor.

When she asked the person what he was doing, the man pointed a shotgun at her. She slammed the door, grabbed the child and ran into her daughter’s room, where other children were sleeping, the report states.

The man, wearing a panda mask, kicked in the door, breaking the locks, and ran into the room before demanding that the woman give him money. The gunman held his weapon at the 12-year-old girl when her cell phone lit up, according to the report. When he tried to rack the gun, a bullet fired and hit a pillow on the bed. He then left when the older woman told the girl to call the police.

He didn’t steal anything, the report states.

Police don’t believe this home invasion is connected with the stabbing death of 28-year-old Talbert Pickett a month ago, Rock Hill Police Lt. Brad Redfearn said. Pickett was killed on the 1100 block of Ellen Avenue during an alleged botched drug deal. Two men have been charged with his murder.

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