Salley home invasion suspect - 2019

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help identifying this man, believed to be one of the suspects involved in a home invasion in Salley.

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office released a composite sketch Friday of one of the suspects involved in the violent armed robbery involving an elderly couple in Salley.

Deputies responded to the 4700 block of Festival Trail Road around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in reference to a home invasion and met with the 87-year-old homeowner and his 80-year-old wife, according to the report.

The victim said around 9:15 a.m. an unknown black male had knocked on the door and asked to use the phone to call someone because he had run out of gas, the report states.

As the male victim turned to retrieve his phone, the suspect forced his way into the residence, along with a second man who came in behind the suspect, according to the report.

The male victim and his wife claimed they tried to fight the suspects for a few minutes, but were overpowered and tied up on the floor, the report states.

One of the suspects reportedly was armed with some kind of gun, the report states.

After a few minutes on the floor, the victim managed to get himself loose from the cords he was bound with and cut his wife loose, police reported.

The victims managed to get to their truck and drive to a neighbor's house to call police.

The two suspects were described as black males, approximately 6 feet in height and in their mid-20s.

The victims were able to assist investigators and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agents with producing a composite sketch of one of the suspects that entered the home, which police released.

Police say these suspects should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone who has any information on the identity of this suspect or information on this case, we encourage them to contact the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 648-6811. You can provide information anonymously through Midlands Crime Stoppers. Your tip could earn a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for this crime.

Tripp Girardeau is the crime and courts reporter with the Aiken Standard. Follow him on Twitter at @trippgirardeau.