Greenwood County investigators made an arrest Monday in an alleged armed robbery that took place at a south Greenwood gas station last week.
Corey Downs, 20, of 531 Willson St., Greenwood, was charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in connection with the incident.
The stickup took place inside a Hickory Point at 2550 U.S. 25 South early the morning of June 10. That's when two masked men rushed into the store and demanded money. According to a Greenwood County Sheriff's Office incident report:
The victim said the two gunmen came into the store, and one pointed a pistol at his head as both suspects went behind the counter taking $80 in cash from the register and an unknown amount of cigarette packs and several packs of cigarillos. The two suspects then fled the store and one of them fired a gunshot. Officers found a single spent 9mm shell casing lying 5 yards from the front door of the shop.
Investigators linked the suspect to the robbery after finding a pack of cigars at his apartment that matched the packs stolen from the Hickory Point. Officers questioned the man Monday and he allegedly confessed to participating in the June 10 armed robbery and another stickup at a Hot Spot in Laurens County the morning of June 13. Laurens County Sheriff's Office released surveillance video of that robbery and it shows two masked men enter the shop, with one pointing a gun at the store clerk while the other man raids cabinets for money and other items.
Downs told investigators he picked the location for the Greenwood robbery and was assisted by another man in that incident. He admitted to firing a single shot from a 9mm gun into the air as he left the store.