WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Three men are behind bars after police say they robbed a West Ashley bar at gunpoint earlier this week. Now, the bar's manager is speaking out about the robbery and a recent string of crime in the area.
Stephanie Legett is the manager of Pierpont Pub, which was robbed Monday night. Legett said WTuesday that the shooting death of 5-year-old Allison Griffor last month was still fresh on her mind when she got the call that the pub had been robbed.
Pierpont Pub is just down Highway 61 from Pierpont Avenue where Griffor was shot while sleeping in her own home one week ago.
"You have to wonder what's going on, what's happening in this area," Legett said.
Legett said at about 11 p.m. Monday, a bartender and two customers were sitting on a side porch of the pub, when they heard a noise outside.
"They heard some brush crunching, and it sounded larger than a small animal," Legett said.
She said that's when one of the customers opened the back door to see what was causing the noise and came face to face with a shotgun.
Legett said two armed men forced their way into the side door demanding money.
She said the bartender opened the safe to sound the alarm. That quick-thinking sent the robbers running, but they didn't go far.
They were arrested in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Dogwood Road.
Police arrested 23-year-old Marquell Holmes, his cousin, 22-year-old Deangelo Brown and 22-year-old Katrell Mitchell. The trio faced a bond court judge Tuesday. Brown and Holmes each received a $100,000 bond. Mitchell's bond was set at $25,000.
Authorities said they are trying to determine if the shotgun used in the Pierpont Pub robbery is connected to the Allison Griffor shooting. Authorities recovered a shotgun used in the pub robbery.
Charleston County Sheriff's Deputies said they've increased patrols after the recent crime in this area of West Ashley.