CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – One man is in custody after police say he stole money from the tip jar at the Gilroy's Pizza in downtown Charleston Sunday night.
Charleston police arrested Alonda Barron Desaussure, 48, of Little John Drive and charged him with armed robbery and assault and battery in the first degree.
Police officers responded to 353 King Street just after 10 p.m. Sunday in reference to an armed robbery with a knife and an assault. Upon arrival, officers met with the victim who told police that a man entered the restaurant and removed money from the tip jar on the front counter without permission.
The victim said he saw the suspect remove approximately $10 from the tip jar. The victim demanded the suspect put the money back and then the two got into a verbal argument. During the argument, the suspect hit the victim in the face with a sharp object, which authorities believe to be a box cutter.
A witness said he saw the suspect remove something out of his back pocket right before he struck the victim. The victim was transported to Roper St. Francis Hospital for treatment.
A second witness said he saw the suspect leave the scene on a bike heading north on King Street and then making a left on Calhoun Street. The witness said the bike had a white plastic bag attached to the front of it.
Police stopped a person matching the description of the suspect early Monday morning and after a witness identified Desaussure, he was arrested and charged with armed robbery and assault and battery in the first degree. Police found Desaussure riding the bike described by a witness and he was found carrying a knife in his pocket. Desaussure was placed in custody and taken to Charleston County Detention Center.