Restaurant owner comes face to face with teen on bail for murder charge

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - A terrifying encounter for a restaurant owner in Summerville after coming face to face with a teen on bail for a murder charge.

Rodessa Scoggins owner of Me Me's soul food kitchen remembers the night of Jan. 28, like it was yesterday.

"We came in, we were talking, grabbing our purse and we heard the screen door open and I told her check out there and see who's coming in the screen door, but before she could get out the back door, he was inside," Scoggins said.

Anthony Willis Jr., 18, is once again behind bars, just three months after being released on bail.

"There's an enormous amount of charges that he's looking at right now. Several of the charges on bond has been denied. The other charges, he's got a $500,000 surety so he's back in Dorchester County jail," said Summerville Police Department Spokesman Capt. Jon Rogers.

Willis is charged with carjacking, kidnapping, burglary, possession of a firearm and armed robbery. Just last December, Willis was released on a $35,000 dollar bond for the shooting death of 18-year-old Justin Jamal Smoot, something that concerns Scoggins.

"For what I found out he was on bail for I thought was a very serious crime, why would he be let out on bail and then being out on bail to do something like this is very concerning" said Scoggins.

Scoggins says she's now more aware of her surroundings.

"I watch my back more now, then when I did before. You know I'm always looking at my surroundings making sure there's no one around me around there, so I kind of check things out more now then I did before" said Scoggins.

Still after what Willis put her through, she has no ill will towards Willis.

"I don't think it's worth it. He's 18 years old, he has no future. What he took from me I can make that back. But his life, what he put everybody through. I'm just very concerned for him" said Scoggins.

According to the Summerville police reports, Willis was able to get away with a few hundred dollars, purses, keys and a cell phone.

Anthony Willis Jr. is currently being held at Dorchester County Detention Center.

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