COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Columbia police have charged the suspect in a Vista mugging with numerous armed robberies of local businesses after officers found clothing worn in the robberies at the man's house.
Officers arrested Eric Lee McGraw, 42, on November 24 for robbing a woman on Lady Street on November 13. When police searched McGraw's Richland Street house, Interim Police Chief Randy Scott said officers found clothing worn during six commercial armed robberies around Columbia.
McGraw is accused of robbing the United 4 Corners on Harden Street on November 15, Maurice's Barbeque on Elmwood Avenue on November 15 and 22, Devine Foods on November 17, and Staybridge Suites on Huger Street on November 18 and 20.
Police said McGraw used a handgun in all six of the robberies. For each robbery, McGraw now faces charges of armed robbery, possession of a firearm during commission of a violent crime and larceny.
Those charges are in addition to those McGraw faces for the Vista mugging, including armed robbery, first-degree assault and battery, burglary and larceny.
McGraw is being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, and additional charges are expected. Scott asked anyone with information on the crimes or McGraw to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.