Police: Customers detain man who used screwdriver to rob store

Michael Shytle (Source: Lexington County Detention Center)
Michael Shytle (Source: Lexington County Detention Center)

SOUTH CONGAREE, SC (WIS) - Two community members were able to detain an armed robbery suspect in his car until authorities arrived at the scene.

According to a South Congaree police report, 42-year-old Michael Shytle walked into the Food Lion on Main Street December 27 where he appeared to be purchasing a candy bar. The worker told officers Shytle paid him eight cents, then pulled out a screwdriver, and demanded cash from the register.

Shytle took off with about $280, and as he was making his way to the parking lot, two customers behind him in the check-out line followed him and tried to stop him from fleeing, according to investigators. The report goes on to say that Shytle threatened to stab the men, but they were able to detain him in his own vehicle until the police came.

Officers say Shytle had $280 in cash along with a screwdriver in his car. They also later obtained surveillance video from the store.

Shytle did receive some abrasions as a result of the incident. He was taken to Lexington Medical Center where he was treated and released. Officers then took him to the Lexington County Detention Center.

The Detention Center lists that Shytle is charged with two counts of armed robbery and three counts of assault and battery.

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