Detectives believe a mid-November attack on the trail behind Cheraw’s Dizzy Gillespie Apartments was retaliation for a break-in attempt that took place at the apartment complex earlier.
Officers were called to the Long Meadow Apartments on Moffatt Road around 4:11 p.m. Nov. 12 for a reported assault. Cheraw police said the victim was cut from one side of his lip to his ear.
The victim was not there when police arrived. Officers went to West Forest Apartments where they found the man, 18-year-old Malik Brown, with a severe cut to the right side of his face. His skin was cut through to his teeth, police said.
Brown told police he was walking on a trail behind the Dizzy Gillespie Apartments near the railroad tracks when he was attacked by a black man wearing a blue shirt and blue pants.
He was taken to McLeod Health Florence for medical care.
Officers received another call at the Gillespie apartment complex for a vandalism complaint. The resident told police that when she returned home, her boyfriend and a neighbor told her three men had tried to break into her apartment.
The boyfriend, Nicodemus Miller, told officers he was in the front of the apartment when someone told him some guys were at the back of his girlfriend’s apartment attempting to break in.
He told police he saw the men at the back window and they ran away after seeing him. Miller said he chased the men and caught up to one behind one of the apartments.
Miller said he was able to corner Brown and asked who the other men with him were, according to police. Miller told officers that Brown swung at him, he warned the man not to swing at him again and when Brown did, Miller cut him in the face.
Police arrested Miller and charged him with second-degree assault and battery. He was jailed under a $5,000 secured bond.
Brown of, 300 Moffatt Road, Apartment 9A in Cheraw, was arrested on a charge of second-degree nonviolent burglary. He was booked into the Chesterfield County Detention Center under a $5,000 bond.
A second suspect accused in the break-in attempt, 20-year-old Antwan Gervic Bloomfield of 6 Jackson Lane in Cheraw, also faces a charge of second-degree nonviolent burglary. His bond was set at $5,000.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
Reach Maria D. Grandy at 843-537-5261.