3 arrested after motel employee pistol-whipped, robbed

Lawrenzer Walker and Christopher Edward Ebanks
Lawrenzer Walker and Christopher Edward Ebanks

WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC) - Two men from out of state and one juvenile from Walterboro were arrested Tuesday after police responded to an armed robbery and assault at the Sunset Inn.

Walterboro police arrested 27-year-old Lawrenzer Walker, from Brooklyn, NY, 21-year-old Christopher Edward Ebanks, of Peewee, Ala., and a 15-year-old juvenile male. All three are charged with armed robbery and kidnapping. In addition, Walker is charged with possession of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime and first degree assault.

The victim, a motel employee, told police that around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday a juvenile came to the motel and inquired about renting a room. As they went into the office, another man, wearing a bandana over his face and armed with a handgun, entered the office.

The suspect allegedly pointed the gun at the victim and told him to "Gimme the money." A police report states that the suspect then went behind the counter, took the money from the register, and then reached inside the victim's pants, stealing his credit and debit cards, driver's license and other items.

According to the victim, the juvenile fled the scene while the robbery was taking place. The suspect next told the victim to open to the door to his private area. When he refused, the suspect pistol whipped him in the forehead and left the scene on foot.

When Walterboro police officers arrived on scene, they located Ebanks in the parking lot of the Southern Inn, located next to the Sunset Inn. Ebanks told police what room he was staying in and when officers knocked on the door, they located Walker and the juvenile suspect.

The juvenile suspect told police that he was told to go to the Sunset inn and get the owner to let him inside. He said that Walker then entered after him with a handgun. The juvenile said he then fled the motel and is unaware of what took place after that. The juvenile told investigators that Ebanks served as the lookout during the robbery.

The gun has not been located.

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