COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Thursday that the search for those responsible for over 20 armed robberies has produced four suspects -- one of whom has been charged with a string of armed robberies in Richland County.
The robberies occured at check cashing businesses across the Midlands between July and October of this year.
Several of the victimized businesses provided video surveillance, but Lott said no one could positively identify the assailants from the video that was released.
On October 23, 2007, a check cashing store was robbed in Clinton, South Carolina, and witnesses were able to describe a getaway vehicle. The Clinton Police Department was able to respond and arrest three suspects after a short pursuit.
Sheriff Lott stated that the three suspects arrested by the Clinton Police Department were residents of Richland County and two of them (Dexter Savage and Kirk McCoy) are known gang members - Angel Johnson (the third suspect) was the driver of the getaway car.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the Clinton Police Department contacted the Richland County Sheriff's Department and Richland County investigators were able to interview the three suspects from the Clinton robbery and victims from the Richland County robberies. From these interviews, Richland County was able to link 19-year-old Justin B. Archie, who has now been charged with three counts of armed robbery and nine counts of kidnapping, to the trend in Richland County.
Sheriff Lott stated that the investigation continues into the involvement of the three suspects arrested in Clinton - 21-year-old Dexter Savage, 19-year-old Kirk McCoy and 21-year-old Angel Johnson - in Richland County.
The sheriff stated that during the check cashing business robberies, Richland County, City of Columbia, West Columbia, Irmo, Lexington, Camden, Winnsboro and Orangeburg citizens were victimized.
Sheriff Lott stated that by partnering with other jurisdictions, the media and community, the suspects were finally apprehended.