GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Two suspects, wanted for a Greenville County home invasion turned to kidnap, are still are large.
However, detectives have charged 2 people in connection to the investigation.
Investigators say the home invasion happened around 1:15 a.m. on Saturday at a home on Golden Pine Court in Piedmont.
“I’m shocked. I had no idea! This is news to me,” said Alaina Pruitt.
Pruitt, like most of her neighborhood, woke up to Greenville County deputies investigating a home invasion turned to kidnap on Saturday morning.
“I’ll probably be looking it up on Facebook wondering what the heck is going on,” Pruitt told 7News.
Investigators say a couple armed with weapons forced their way inside the home and demanded cash.
Detectives believe the couple then assaulted Siegrid Covington, 59, and Jessica Whitt, 33, before kidnapping a 2-year-old and 4-year-old and taking off in a dark colored pickup truck.
Investigators have learned after the home invasion Covington and Whitt left the house and went somewhere to use drugs, instead of reporting the incident to deputies.
Detectives believe the women later returned and finally around 3:30 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office was notified.
Covington and Whitt were taken to the hospital.
Detectives say they found crystal meth in the home. They have since charged Whitt and Covington with Unlawful Conduct Towards a Child.
Investigators say Whitt is the mother of the 2-year-old. They believe Covington is the grandmother of the 4-year-old.
Shortly after 5:00 a.m. the toddlers were found safe after deputies received a call about 2 kinds left on the front porch of a home on Piedmont Highway.
While the incident shock Pruitt she says she’s not concerned the 2 suspects are still on the loose.
“I’ve got 4 dogs. I’ve got an alarm system. So I’m not worried,” she said.
Investigators say both children have been placed in the custody of other family members.
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 23-Crime.
GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Deputies have charged two people and are still looking for the people responsible for kidnapping two children early Saturday morning in Greenville County.
According to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, a home invasion happened around 1:15am when two armed suspects entered a home on Golden Pine Court and demanded money before taking two children, a 2-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy.
The suspects assaulted two women inside the home, one was taken to the hospital for treatment. One of the women was the mother of one of the children, the other child was being babysat at the home at the time.
The two children were later found after a caller reported to the sheriff’s office that the children were on their front porch at a home on Piedmont Highway.
The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office says the two people who were caring for the children, 59-year-old Siegrid Covington and 33-year-old Jessica Whitt, were later arrested and charged with Unlawful Conduct Toward a Child.
Deputies say there was crystal methamphetamine in the home and after the kidnapping, the two went to another location and used drugs instead of reporting the crime.
The Sheriff’s Office wasn’t notified about the kidnapping until just before 3:30am.
The two armed suspects who committed the kidnapping were described as a man with dark hair, a full beard, and a tattoo on his neck and a woman wearing a black and white skull mask with a pink shirt and blue jeans.
Investigators are still working to find out the exact circumstances surrounding the home invasion and kidnapping and anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Greenville at 864-23-CRIME.
The two children have been placed with family, according to the sheriff’s office.