Person of interest sought in assault

The Aiken Department of Public Safety is seeking a person of interest in an aggravated assault that happened downtown early Friday.


The person in the surveillance photo may have information about the attack on a young woman, and investigators are asking the public to help them identify the man, so he can be questioned, according to a statement.


The incident happened at about 2:50 a.m. near the intersection of Newberry Street and Park Avenue, police have said. The 22-year-old female victim was leaving a downtown establishment and was assaulted by a man who was walking behind her. The man reportedly did not have a weapon and used only his hands. The victim was able to go to another establishment to call police.


Anyone with information about the crime or the person of interest is asked to call CrimeStoppers of the Midlands at 888-CRIME-SC. Callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward of between $50 and $1,000.


Officials look into Monday night robbery

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a strong-arm robbery at a home on Shiloh Church Road in Aiken on Monday night.


The incident happened about 8:30 p.m. on Monday, according to a sheriff’s report. The 18-year-old victim told officers two unknown men in a silver extended cab Dodge pickup robbed him of his laptop computer and two bottles of water.


“Victim stated that the subjects never advised they had a weapon of any kind, but stated, ‘Don’t make this hard,’” the report stated.


The victim told officers he had never seen the suspects before and could not provide a further description.


Two sought in Salley metal theft

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office has identified three people involved with a metal theft in Salley earlier this month, one of whom turned herself in to authorities today.


Nora Christine Morrison, 27, was charged with larceny and placed in the Aiken County detention center, where she remained on Tuesday afternoon.


Investigators have also obtained warrants for larceny for 36-year-old Ann Marie Morgan and 33-year-old Phillip Nicholas Freeman, who are still at large.


The Sheriff’s Office has been investigating the theft of metal from a private property near the intersection of Berlin Church Road and Remont Road in Salley, according to a statement. It is believed that the suspects were taking metal from this area between April 15 and June 28.


Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Morgan and Freeman is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 803-648-6811, or CrimeStoppers of the Midlands at 888-CRIME-SC.