FORT MILL -- Per and Cheryl Henriksen's sons sat on a couch eating snacks and watching TV. They were home alone when a red car pulled in their driveway and a stranger broke in.
The intruder had been to their home minutes earlier and rang the doorbell six times, but the boys -- ages 12 and 8 -- knew not to answer. Instead, the oldest boy called his father and the younger one went to the garage.
"He heard the basement door get kicked in," Cheryl Henriksen said about her youngest son. "When he came back, the guy was standing in the foyer and grabbed him."
Police on Wednesday said they charged Sean Deron Wells, 40, of 823 Granby Drive in Fort Mill, with first-degree burglary, two counts of armed robbery and two counts of kidnapping in the early afternoon July 2 robbery on Melbourne Drive, according to a press release and reports from the York County Sheriff's Office.
Wells also faces charges stemming from six other Fort Mill robberies between June 13 and July 11. Two of the incidents, including the one at the Henriksen home, happened while children were in the homes, according to the release, but no one was injured.
In the second burglary involving a child, a 15-year-old girl tried to escape from an intruder in her family's Beacon Knoll Lane home on the morning of June 13.
The suspect chased her in an upstairs hallway, hit her in the face, grabbed her by the shirt, stuffed her in a pantry and threatened to stab her if she tried to run away, according to reports. He left with an unknown amount of jewelry, reports state.
In the July 2 incident, Cheryl Henriksen was 4 miles away from her Melbourne Drive house, taking care of her mother, who had been released from a hospital.
Her husband, Per Henriksen, had left the house less than 13 minutes before the red car arrived. When his oldest son called to say a "man just rung our doorbell," he dismissed the incident, because people frequently sell pine needles in the neighborhood, Cheryl Henriksen said.
Then the red car came back and parked in the family's driveway, causing the 12-year-old to try to call his father again as the younger boy went to the garage looking for his big brother.
When the younger brother came back in the house, the intruder grabbed him.
Meanwhile, the oldest son heard the man's footsteps, she said. He thought about locking the bedroom door but ultimately walked toward the man.
Cheryl Henriksen said the intruder "grabbed him (the older brother) by the shirt tight and said, 'Where's your mom's room?' "They pointed to the master bedroom, and he pushed them into the room up against the bed."
She said the man removed jewelry from her jewelry box and stuffed it in his pockets.
"Then he grabs them and pushes them out into the main entryway again and said, 'What's upstairs?,'" Cheryl Henriksen said. "My oldest son said, 'Nothing really.' Then he said, 'Really, where your mom's room?'"
They said, "In there," and pointed back to the master bedroom, Cheryl Henriksen said.
The boys told their mother that the man pushed them back into the room beside the bed before he grabbed some things from a nearby bathroom.
"Then he grabbed them again, pushed them back out of the bedroom and said, 'Where's the way out?'" she said.
The boys pointed to the front door. "He ran to the door, unlocked it, flung it open and ran out," Cheryl Henriksen said.
After the man left, the couple's oldest son closed and locked the door before calling his father, who told him to look out the window to see if the car was still in the driveway. The car, a red Acura, was still in the driveway.
Per Henriksen hung up the phone so his son could call police. Henriksen made a U-turn on Interstate 77 to return, called his wife and summoned her home. She doesn't remember driving home, but she can't forget what her older son said as she hugged him.
"He said, 'Momma, I thought he was going to kidnap me, and I'd never see you again,'" Cheryl Henriksen recalled. "He was so devastated."
She's grateful things turned out as they did and nobody got hurt.
"My kids handled it so great," she said. "My kids listened to everything he said. They didn't scream.
"My oldest kid said, 'It's a good thing you weren't here because it could have been a lot worse,'" she added. "He's right. If he'd held my kids, I would have attacked him."
Wells, whose bond was denied Saturday, remained in custody Wednesday at York County Detention Center.
Wells is also being charged with:
n First-degree burglary and grand larceny in connection with a June 28 incident on the 500 block of Medora Lane in Fort Mill.
n Attempted burglary in the first degree in connection with a June 28 incident on the 400 block of Langston Place in Fort Mill.
n Second-degree burglary and petit larceny in connection with a July 11 incident on the 8300 block of Palmetto Place Apartments in Fort Mill.
n Attempted burglary in connection with a July 11 incident on the 8300 block of Palmetto Place Apartments in Fort Mill.