Beating victim in critical condition as suspects sought



Of The Post and Courier Staff

Originally Published on: 06/13/02

A 37-year-old woman remained hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday, one day after she was found beaten and robbed outside a Tricom Street medical office building, North Charleston police said.

Investigators were still looking for suspects in the savage attack on Carol Armstrong, who was found wounded and disoriented Tuesday morning outside the building she had been hired to clean. Police suspect Armstrong lay wounded for about eight hours before she was found.
Detectives continued to canvass the neighborhood Wednesday in hopes of finding witnesses to the attack, said Detective Sgt. Ken Hagge.

Police also checked video cameras at area businesses to see if either the suspects or the assault was caught on tape, he said. "We've done numerous interviews of potential witnesses up there, but we are still looking to speak with more people who may have been in that area," he said.
Police suspect the North Charleston woman was attacked after she set the building's alarm and walked out the door shortly before 11 p.m.

Her family filed a missing person's report with the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office when she failed to return home. A relative found her outside the building shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Armstrong's purse was found several miles away on Folly Road Tuesday morning, but police have still not found her car, a burgundy 1992 Ford Taurus station wagon with South Carolina license plate 776 GDE.

Two white men between the ages of 20 and 30 reportedly attacked Armstrong. One was said to have red hair. Police want the public's help in getting a better description of the suspects, Hagge said.     "We're just trying to make contact with as many people as we can," he said.

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