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Man breaks into home, stabs 61-year-old man after demanding food in Orangeburg Co.

Hewitt mugshot (OCSO)

Orangeburg County, S.C. (WACH)-- The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Department has arrested one man in connection to a knife attack committed during a home invasion.

Terry Hewitt,31, has been charged with attempted murder, first-degree burglary and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.

"This man was taken off the streets through our cooperative effort with the US Marshals," Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said.

"We've worked closely with them in the past and this time was no exception in our taking a dangerous individual off the streets."

During a hearing on Thursday, bond was deferred to a circuit court judge at a later date due to the potential for a life in prison sentence with the first-degree burglary charge.

OCSO deputies were dispatched early Sunday for what was initially reported as a home invasion at a home on Jackson Quarters Drive.

Deputies met with the victim about a mile from the home where he said that just before 5 a.m. someone knocked on his door. The victim said when he looked out of his window, he recognized someone he knew by the nickname "TJ", according to the report.

As the 61-year-old victim was opening the door, he was knocked to the floor as Hewitt allegedly kicked the door open demanding food.

When the man attempted to get up from the floor, Hewitt swung at him. Unbeknownst to him, he had been cut with a knife after discovering blood coming from his neck and seeing a sharp object in Hewitt's hand.

Ravenell said that the Hewitt was located Wednesday with the help of the US Marshals after a tip led investigators to a work site near Columbia.

As the OCOS and US Marshals task force closed in on Hewitt he fled, leading authorities on a brief chase before apprehending him.


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