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Florence man wanted in false armed robbery reports

Published: Sep. 21, 2015 at 8:45 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 1, 2015 at 8:45 PM EDT
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SUMTER, SC (WIS) - Sumter police are searching for a man involved in at least two armed robbery reports that were found to be false.

Detectives believe Brandon Ahart Hampton, 30, and Jessica Renee China, 28, collaborated on armed robbery reports involving a Murphy's Gas Station employee.

According to Sumter Police Department spokesperson Tonyia M. McGirt, China, an employee of the convenience store, told police on Aug. 9 that a man approached her payment window, presented a silver handgun and demanded money before fleeing in a vehicle with an undetermined amount of cash.

Then on Sept. 6, officials say China again reported she was a victim when she left the store to make a bank deposit. China told police that while at the bank, a man entered her vehicle, presented a handgun and demanded she drive to a remote location in Sumter County where she was forced into another vehicle.

China told police she escaped from the vehicle and hid in the woods until she was able to get help.

Detectives determined both reports were false and that Hampton also was involved.

China was arrested September 10 and charged with two counts of filing a false police report, two counts of breach of trust with fraudulent intent and two counts of conspiracy. She was booked into the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center and later released on bond.

Hampton faces two counts of grand larceny and two counts of conspiracy.

Hampton is known to frequent the Red Bay Road area of Sumter. Anyone with information related to this crime or the whereabouts of Hampton are asked to contact Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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