Waffle House armed robbery suspect also charged in other crimes

Published: Jul. 22, 2014 at 8:28 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 23, 2014 at 11:35 PM EDT
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Rashaud Lee (Source: Lexington County Detention Center)
Rashaud Lee (Source: Lexington County Detention Center)

CAYCE, SC (WIS) - The suspect who allegedly robbed a Waffle House in Cayce on July 12 is now accused of robbing at least four other restaurants in the area, according to the Richland County Sheriff's Department.

Rashaud Lee, 21, has also been charged with armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, and two counts of kidnapping in connection with two incidents on Broad River Road.

In the first incident back on July 6, investigators say Lee approached the drive-thru window at a Sonic and pointed a pistol at the employees while demanding money. The employees, according to officials, ran to the back of the restaurant and Lee fled the scene.

For the second incident back on July 9, deputies say Lee entered a Rush's restaurant, fired a handgun round into the ceiling, and demanded money from an employee. Investigators say Lee managed to steal money from the cash register and make a quick getaway.

Richland County deputies also say Lee is responsible for a robbery at the Wendy's on Harbison Boulevard, a Waffle House in Lexington County, and another Waffle House in Cayce.

It was the Cayce incident that finally led officers to track Lee down. Cayce Department of Public Safety officers responded to an armed robbery in progress at the restaurant on Saturday night.

Officers say Lee fired two rounds from his .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol during the robbery, and one of the bullets was directed at a cook who was trying to follow him after he left the establishment.

Officers arrived just as Lee was firing the second round.

A K-9 tracking dog and deputy from the Richland County Sheriff's Department also responded to the scene and tracked to the suspect who had been located by officers near the intersection of Bay and Byron Streets, police said.

In addition to tracking to the suspect the K-9 dog tracked to a nearby storm drain where officers say they were able to locate clothing and other items Lee discarded as officers approached.

The pistol was discovered in a nearby wooded area where the suspect had been observed.

Lee was taken to the Lexington County Detention Center on a kidnapping charge and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime charge.

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