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Motel robbery suspect arrested, more suspects sought

Published: Nov. 18, 2015 at 9:34 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 28, 2015 at 9:34 PM EST
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LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A Columbia man is facing multiple charges in connection with armed robberies at two Lexington County motels last month.

According to arrest warrants, Carlos L'Eric Jaquan Smith, 19, was armed with a pistol when he robbed the Quality Inn on Piney Grove Road on Oct. 6 and the Red Roof Inn off St. Andrews Road on Oct. 14. Smith has been charged with three counts of armed robbery, three counts of kidnapping and two counts of possessing a firearm during a felony.

RELATED: Take a look at photos of the suspects in the Red Roof Inn robbery.

"This arrest is another great example of how the public can be our eyes and ears in the community," Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said in a statement. "We shared security cam video of both robberies and asked for help in identifying the suspects. Our detectives will continue to pursue those tips as they work to identify the other suspects in both robberies."

Richland County Sheriff's Department, SLED, and the U.S. Marshals Service assisted in Smith's arrest.

Smith is being held at the Lexington County Detention Center while he awaits a bond hearing.

Anyone with information related to these cases should contact Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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