CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Bond was set at $1.8 million total for two cousins in connection with four armed robberies, including one involving an 85-year-old woman with cancer.
Manuel Scott's bond was set at $1 million while Rodney Scott's bond was set at $800,000 on Friday.
The Charleston Police Department arrested 20-year-old Rodney Scott and charged him with armed robbery and two counts of strong armed robbery. Authorities charged 20-year-old Manuel Scott with armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and three counts of strong armed robbery.
The robberies all happened in West Ashley and on Johns Island.
Authorities say a break in the investigation came when Detective Thomas Bailey spotted a vehicle at Savage Road and US Highway 17 that matched the description of a vehicle used in a Jan. 12 robbery on Farmfield Avenue.
According to investigators, Rodney Scott Jr. was the driver of the vehicle. Police also recovered the vehicle they believe was used in the robberies. Investigators say the robberies started on Jan. 12 and involved victims ranging from 16 to 89 years old.
The first robbery happened on Jan. 12 around 11:15 a.m. as the 60 year-old victim was entering a business on Farmfield Avenue in West Ashley. The suspect approached her from behind, grabbed her purse and fled the area on foot. The suspect was described as a black male, 20 to 30 years-old, with a slim build and wearing BDU style pants and a gray sweat shirt.
The second incident occurred around 2:15 p.m. on Feb. 6 as the 85-year-old victim was entering her home on Wappo Road in West Ashley. The suspect grabbed her from behind and demanded her purse. He then pushed her down as he grabbed her purse and fled on foot down Skinner Avenue. The suspect was described as a black male, about 6'0", 18 to 25 years old, weighing between 135 and 170 pounds and wearing dark colored pants and jacket.
The third incident happened around 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 19 after the 16-year-old victim approached his vehicle after visiting a friend at an apartment complex on Ashley Crossing Lane in West Ashley. The victim opened the driver side door and that's when the suspect approached him and took his money and cellular telephone.
The suspect was described as a black male, 18 to 20 years old, about 6'0", with a flat top hair cut and upper gold teeth and wearing a dark colored jacket. The vehicle the suspects were driving is described as a four-door silver or gold colored Impala with dark tinted windows.
The fourth incident occurred at 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 20 on Thunder Trail on Johns Island as the 89-year-old victim pulled his car into his garage. The suspect opened the front passenger side door and pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded his money.
The suspect took the victim's money and fled the scene in a vehicle described as an older model four-door gold colored Impala. The suspect was described as a black male, 20 to 25 years-old, with a medium complexion, weighing between 175 and 185 pounds and wearing a dark baseball cap and dark shirt.
Rodney Scott Jr., who was arrested at Charleston Police headquarters is a suspect in the robberies that occurred Jan. 12th on Farmfield Avenue, Feb. 6 on Wappoo Road and Feb. 20 on Thunder Trail.
Manuel Scott, who was taken into custody by U.S Marshals in Goose Creek, is a suspect in the robberies that occurred Jan. 12 on Farmfield Avenue, Feb. 6 on Wappoo Road, Feb. 19 on Ashley Crossing Lane and Feb. 20 on Thunder Trail.
Manuel Scott is currently out on bond on a charge of grand larceny.
Officials with Charleston police say detectives, patrol teams and many other units of the Charleston Police Department worked tirelessly the past 24 hours to bring the cases to a successful conclusion.