Armed robbery suspect jailed after 27-mile chase

Benjamin Jesse Jackson III
Benjamin Jesse Jackson III

ST. STEPHEN, SC (WCSC) - A man wanted for armed robbery is now in custody after a 27-mile long car chase with Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputies.

Benjamin Jesse Jackson III, of 131 Upton Road was being sought in connection with the armed robbery of a 59-year-old St. Stephen woman.  The woman was cleaning the St. Stephen Evangelical Church when she was robbed at gunpoint and her vehicle was stolen on May 18.

St. Stephen Police Chief John Waters requested the assistance of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office in the investigation.

"Finding this guy was like finding a needle in a haystack," Waters said in a press release. "Without the assistance of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office this case may not have been solved."

A sheriff's department detective spotted a Ford Expedition that matched the description of the one stolen 10 days earlier just after midnight Tuesday. The vehicle was seen near the Tail-Race Canal Bridge in Moncks Corner.  A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle which was being driven by Jackson.

Jackson, 24, initially pulled over when deputies activated blue lights and siren but then sped off on highway 17-A toward Jamestown.  The chase continued on Highway 45, through the community of Alvin and into St. Stephen where Jackson turned onto Upton Road and then onto Orvin Road.

Jackson then jumped out of the vehicle when he came to a dead-end and fled into a wooded area.  A search of the Expedition turned up several items of interest connecting Jackson to the robbery and vehicle theft.

He is being held on charges of kidnapping, armed robbery, second-degree burglary, grand larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime and failure to stop for a blue light.  Jackson's wife, 30-year-old Swakena Jackson was charged with misprision of a felony.

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