'Person of interest' sought in armed robbery at church

(Source: St. James United Methodist Church)
(Source: St. James United Methodist Church)

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - Investigators with the Goose Creek Police Department are looking for a "person of interest" in connection to the shotgun-toting man who held up a choir at St. James United Methodist Church last week.

Police say they are looking for a man who goes by the name of "Raoul." They say Raoul recovered a red Samsung phone that was stolen during the hold-up and returned it to its rightful owner in the choir.

Police say Raoul should contact Inv. Nicholas Powell at 843-863-5200, extension 356, so that he can provide some additional information.

Authorities responded to the church on 512 St. James Ave. around 8 p.m. in reference to an armed robbery on January 18.

One of the victims told police that a man entered the church through an unlocked door and aimed a shotgun towards the choir area. The victims told police that the suspect then told the choir to get on the floor and to "Keep your heads down, I'll blow your head off."

According to investigators, the suspect continued to demand everyone's wallets and purses and told everyone to keep their heads down.

Investigators describe the suspect as a black male between 5'10" to 5'11, 230 lbs, wearing a black knit cap, blue jeans, light colored jacket, gray jogging style shoes and armed with a shotgun.

One of the victims told investigators that the suspect's speech was "Gullah-like" and knew that it was not a Jamaican or Georgian accent.

Another victim reported that she had seen the suspect prior to the robbery coming from the direction of Immaculate Conception on 510 St. James Ave. with a rifle or gun.

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