WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - A judge set bond Tuesday for the three men accused of robbing a West Ashley bar armed with a shotgun late Monday night near the site of last week's tragic shooting which killed a 5-year-old girl.
The Charleston Police Department charged 23-year-old Marquell Lovon Holmes, 22-year-old Deangelo Martequis Brown and 22-year-old Katrell Jamal Mitchell with armed robbery. Brown is also charged with possession of marijuana.
Bond was set at $100,000 for Holmes and Brown, who are cousins. Mitchell's was set at $25,000.
Police responded to the Pierpont Pub at 2366 Ashley River Road around 10:55 p.m. in reference to an armed robbery. Authorities say Brown and Holmes, one of them armed with a double-barreled shotgun, robbed the business of cash and vodka.
Along with bottles of Grey Goose and Absolut, the suspects also made off with a patron's cell phone.
Some time later, an officer saw the suspects' vehicle leaving an apartment complex. According to a police report, the officer initiated a traffic stop and four men bailed out of the vehicle. Three of the men were eventually caught.The fourth is still at large.
Holmes has prior convictions for simple assault and battery and possession of meth. Mitchell was convicted in 2009 of burglary and criminal domestic violence in 2011. While Brown has prior convictions for receiving stolen goods.
All three were locked up at the Charleston County Detention Center.
Authorities have not yet said if there is any connection between the robbery and the fatal shooting of a 5-year-old girl last week.
"The Charleston County Sheriff's Office is working closely with Charleston City P.D. as well a North Charleston P.D. and any other agency where we might find or suspect any link to the attempted home invasion and shooting on Pierpont Road," said sheriff's office spokesman Major Jim Brady. "This includes last night's arrest by the city of Charleston for the armed robbery of the Pierpont Pub. We will continue to investigate any links to crime's and criminals in the area."
Both investigation are ongoing.