WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – The West Columbia Police Department arrested three people connected to an early morning armed robbery.
According to West Columbia Police Chief Dennis Tyndall, officers responded to what was originally believed to be a burglary around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday. While on the way to the Dew Avenue address, a patrol sergeant observed a suspicious vehicle in the area and made a traffic stop on the car.
The officers determined that the individuals in the vehicle had just robbed a Hispanic man as he left his vehicle to enter his residence.
According to police, the suspects ran up behind the victim, followed him into his house and struck the him in the head with one of their guns. Police say that one suspect held a gun to the victim's young child. The suspects took money and jewelry from the victim, according to Tyndall.
Arrested were: Carrie Callahan, Ricky Bell, and Quincy Holley. The suspects face charges of Burglary 1st degree, Robbery with a Deadly Weapon, Criminal Conspiracy, Kidnapping, Possession of a Stolen Pistol, and Possession of a Weapon during Commission of a Violent Crime.
"The quick response and investigation by our officers led to the apprehension of dangerous individuals," said Tyndall.
Investigators are looking into the possibility that the suspects may have been responsible for other robberies in the Midlands, some of which may have involved local hotels.
Anyone with information concerning other related cases is urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or go to www.sccrimestoppers.com to receive a cash reward for information leading to the conviction of the suspect.