Summerville police: Man takes 5 hostages, says 'someone is going to get hurt'

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Summerville police said a man armed with a rifle entered an apartment complex, chambered a round and stated to a group of people gathered there, "Someone is going to get hurt."

The situation played out before 9 a.m. Tuesday morning at the Somerset Apartment Complex leasing office on Boonehill Road. Witnesses said the man was visibly agitated and told them he was "at the end of his rope."

The suspect, identified later as 55-year-old Jerome Robinson, instructed one of the victims held up in the office to call police.

When police arrived, Robinson surrendered and told officers, "I'm sorry." Police recovered the rifle and 12 rounds of ammunition.

According to the police report, Robinson later told the arresting officer that his intent was to kill three people. According to the police report, Robinson also said he would kill someone in jail -- he indicated his potential cell mate -- since no one wanted to help him and "he still had to get somebody."

"Nobody was going to listen to him until he does something stupid," the report stated.

In the 13-minute conversation between Robinson and the arresting officer, Robinson opined on everything from movies, politics, race relations and his intent to kill if he ever has a cellmate.

[Read the full transcript of the dash cam audio.]

Robinson was transported to the Dorchester County Detention Center after it was determined he had an outstanding warrant in that county. He is being held at the jail on a $500,000 bond.

Robinson lived at the apartment complex. He had recently been evicted, a Summerville police department spokesman said.

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