North Charleston police arrest suspects who nabbed man's purse

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Police arrested two men who allegedly held up a third man dressed in drag early Monday morning.

According to a North Charleston police report, the victim was walking down North Atlantic Avenue headed to a friend's house when two black men in a burgundy Grand Marquis stopped the victim and asked him to approach the vehicle.

The victim told the suspects, later identified as 16-year-old Marshall Winfield and 18-yeaqr-old John Lewis Nelson, he was a transvestite. Winfield allegedly demanded the victim's purse and he started to run, but Nelson jumped out of the car and chased to victim down, stated the police report. Nelson allegedly pulled out a hand gun, directed the victim back to the car and demanded his purse again, the report stated.

The victim was able to grab his wallet and money out of the purse before the Nelson and Winfield drove away. The victim told police the suspects headed in the direction of Rivers Avenue.

The two suspects made off with the purse, valued at $50, and about $40 in miscellaneous make-up supplies.

Several hours later, officers spotted the burgundy car and made a traffic stop. Police contacted the victim who was escorted to the scene of the traffic stop to identify the two men. He was able to identify Nelson, but not Winfield.

Nelson was charged with armed robbery and transported to the Charleston County Detention Center. Winfield was turned over to his mother because he is a minor.

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