GCSO deputies arrest third man in alleged armed robbery
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 7:25 AM
Authorities arrested a third suspect in a bizarre armed robbery report from early Friday morning.
Christopher Johnson, 25, of 115 Oxnard Court, Greenwood, was charged with armed robbery, kidnapping and conspiracy in connection with the incident.
Greenwood County deputies responded to Jordan Hot Spot, 3228 U.S. Highway 25 South, about 5 a.m. Friday. When officers arrived to canvass the area, they found two suspects standing by a Toyota Camry parked in the store's lot near the entrance.
Antonio Nicholson, 33, of Cross Hill, and Shadarron Evans, 25, of Augusta, Ga., were taken into custody at the scene that morning and subsequently charged with armed robbery and kidnapping.
Records indicated the county's Violent Crimes Task Force is still investigating the incident and trying to learn the identity of at least one other possible suspect who fled the gas station and is unknown.
According to a Greenwood County incident report:
The victim told investigators the incident began about 4 a.m. Friday when he got home from work. As he was walking toward a passageway, he said someone approached, demanded money and forced him into the back seat of his vehicle, ordering him to lie face down. He also told officers the robbers tried to stuff him into the trunk of the 1998 Chevrolet Caprice at some point during the ordeal.
At about 5 a.m., the robbers pulled into the Hot Spot to get gas and the victim made a break for freedom, biting a gunman's arm as he got out of the car, he said. He said one robber put a gun to his head and he grabbed the gun, which discharged in his car.
The thieves then fled the gas station in his car, striking another vehicle on the way out. Officers found the victim's car abandoned along Sherwood Drive, just off Highway 25 in the Augusta Fields subdivision.