(05/19/2018)
MAN SHOT ON BIKE - A man riding a bicycle was shot at on Charleston's west side on May 1st.

According to Charleston Police, Brandon Knowles, 25, of Charleston, was shot at while riding his bicycle home from work at around 12:15 PM on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 at Hunt Avenue and 7th Avenue.

Officers say that Knowles told them the suspect, who he does not know, was a black male with an afro-style haircut.

Police believe he was driving a silver Hyundai Sonata. Police say the registration on the vehicle has been run and does not match the pictured vehicle and might be stolen from a separate incident.

Charleston Police say the suspect stopped his vehicle, exited the vehicle, and waited near the trunk. As Knowles continued to ride his bicycle, the suspect, armed with a handgun, fired one shot at Knowles' direction.

Knowles was not struck by the bullet and was not injured.

The suspect then got back in his vehicle and drove southbound on Hunt Avenue.

Schools in the area were not put on lockdown.

(The shooter has been arrested)

MAN THREATENS WOMAN - Charleston police said a man faces multiple charges after a woman said he threatened her with a shotgun and held her against her will at a home on the West Side.

William Beasley, 29, of Charleston is being charged with wanton endangerment, strangulation and kidnapping stemming from an incident reported at a home about 12:30 p.m. Friday in the 1600 block of Washington Street West, according to a news release from the Charleston Police Department.

The woman called 911 and reported there was a man in her home threatening her with a shotgun and had put it up to her head. She said he was tearing up her house and said if she went outside he would shoot her in the back.

Charleston police responded and the woman walked outside of the house. Police said they initially were uncertain if the suspect was still inside the house, so officers attempted to call him out of the residence.

There was no response from inside the house. While waiting for the SWAT and hostage negotiation teams to arrive, police learned that Beasley may be at a residence near Frame and Walnut streets, police said.

Officers went to the residence near Frame and Walnut and found the suspect and took him into custody.

Police said the woman reported that Beasley, who is her intimate partner, had strangled her and held her against her will.

Officers recovered the shotgun, which police said the suspect hid outside of the Washington Street West home where the incident occurred.

Police said Beasley has also had two active Charleston Municipal Court warrants.


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