2 teens locked up after allegedly robbing 8 at gunpoint

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Two men are behind bars after Charleston County sheriff's deputies say they held eight people at gunpoint during a home invasion Friday on Farmington Road.

When Deputies arrived at the home around 9:20 p.m., several victims claimed they were robbed at gunpoint by two men who were at the home playing video games earlier that night. A witness told deputies that the victims thought the men were joking at first.

Shortly after the incident, sheriff's deputies located and arrested 18-year-old Stephen Lamar Nelson, and 18-year-old Kenneth Tyler Hutchinson. A weapon was found at the scene, but there were no reports of injuries.

According to an affidavit, Hutchinson and Nelson entered the residence and ordered several of the victims to the ground and pointed guns at them. The men ordered the victims to empty their pockets and lay face down on the ground.

Witnesses told deputies that the suspects located a locked safe and took it from the residence. The suspects demanded the key, but were told that only one person had a key and he wasn't present.

The victim with the key to the safe had run out of the house and watched as the suspects loaded his safe into a black Jaguar. The victim then got into his SUV and intentionally rammed the Jaguar to prevent the suspects from getting away, a police report states.

Both suspects are charged with one count of first degree burglary and two counts of armed robbery. Hutchinson was also charged with being in possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

A bond hearing was held Saturday morning for both suspects. Hutchinson's bond was set $60,000 and Nelson's at $100,000. Both are currently being held at the Al Cannon Detention Center.

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