Sheriff: 3 arrested for 2 robberies 9 days apart

Published: Feb. 26, 2016 at 2:52 AM EST|Updated: Mar. 7, 2016 at 4:39 AM EST
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Isaiah Allen, 19, faces a charge of carjacking. (SOURCE: RCSD)
Isaiah Allen, 19, faces a charge of carjacking. (SOURCE: RCSD)
Preston Helms, 22, is being charged with two counts of kidnapping, petit larceny, carjacking,...
Preston Helms, 22, is being charged with two counts of kidnapping, petit larceny, carjacking, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. (SOURCE: RCSD)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Three Columbia suspects were arrested for two robberies, nine days apart, in Richland County.

JuJuan Council, 17, faces charges of armed robbery, kidnapping, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Preston Helms, 22, is charged with two counts of kidnapping, petit larceny, carjacking, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Isaiah Allen, 19, faces a charge of carjacking.

According to a statement from Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, Council was arrested Wednesday at his house by RCSD's Fugitive Task Force and taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. Allen and Helms were already being held at the detention center on charges from the Columbia Police Department.

Sheriff Lott said that deputies responded to both robberies that included the three men at the Hunt Club Village Apartments.

According to the Sheriff, on Wednesday, February 10th, a person arranged to meet with Allen to sell him a set of speakers. Lott says the person was instead confronted by Council, who pistol whipped the guy in the upper body and stole his medication before running away. The victim had to be treated by EMS on the scene for injuries.

Lott said that on Friday, February 19th, a victim was held at gunpoint and carjacked by Allen and Helms after giving the two a ride. The sheriff stated that RCSD and CPD working together led to the arrest of the two on Saturday, February 20th after officers on patrol spotted the stolen car and conducted a traffic stop on Gervais Street in downtown.

The sheriff also reminded citizens that the RCSD parking lot is a "safe zone" for buying and selling items.

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