COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The man who was chased by a witness after he and an accomplice allegedly robbed a southeast Columbia jewelry store Tuesday morning is wanted for murder in Atlanta, police say.
Armond Gibson, 23, is being held in the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center on no bond. Police charged him with two counts of armed robbery, four counts of kidnapping, criminal conspiracy, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Police say Gibson is wanted in connection with a murder in Atlanta. A criminal record search in South Carolina turned up no charges prior to Tuesday's incident.
Investigators are still looking for another man they say accompanied Gibson when he robbed Mim's Fine Jewelry on Garners Ferry Road.
According to police, both were wearing masks and dark clothing during the alleged crime.
Police say Gibson was armed with a handgun when he entered the store and ordered four people to the ground. The second suspect then smashed a glass countertop and grabbed some jewelry, police said.
Then the men took off in a gold Toyota that was reported stolen from Dekalb County, Georgia, investigators said.
A witness chased the duo from the store onto Garners Ferry Road to a nearby subdivision where they crashed. Both got out and ran. An officer spotted Gibson running near Interstate 77.
The other man was able to get away. A better description of him was not available.
A Columbia Police spokesperson said investigators believe they have recovered most of the stolen items.
Investigators believe the pair planned the armed robbery and drove from Georgia to commit the crime.
Police do not plan on charging the witness who chased the suspects.
If you know anything about this incident or who may have been with Gibson on Tuesday, you are urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.