Cops: Neighbors ID armed robbery suspect in Hanahan

Ronald Snipes (Source: Cashbond)
Ronald Snipes (Source: Cashbond)

HANAHAN, SC (WCSC) - Police say they arrested a man after he was spotted by his neighbors while attempting one of two robberies at pharmacies in Hanahan Saturday night.

Officers with the Hanahan Police Department and the North Charleston Police Department responded to two robbery calls at the CVS and the Walgreens located in the 1800 block of Remount Road just after 8:15 p.m.  

Police say that the suspect, 35-year-old Ronald Snipes, was spotted by neighbors at the Walgreens while he attempted to rob the store.  Officers say Snipes was unsuccessful at Walgreens, but then walked across the road to CVS where he approached a cashier from behind and stole an unspecified amount of money.

The CVS cashier told police that Snipes told her he was carrying a pistol during the robbery.  

Acting on the tip provided by neighbors, Hanahan police went to Snipes' home on Miami Street but he was not there.  A short time later, North Charleston police found Snipes on Sumner Street.  The CVS cashier was brought to the scene, where she positively identified Snipes as her assailant.

The suspect confessed to both attempted robberies, but told officers that he never told the CVS cashier that he was carrying a pistol.

He is charged with armed robbery.

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