Grand jury indicts trio in string of 39 armed robberies

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A grand jury has indicted three men in connection with a string of 39 armed robberies at Asian restaurants, check-cashing businesses, and loan businesses from Walterboro to Georgetown.

United States Attorney Bill Nettles said Tuesday the indictment alleges 29-year-olds Raynard Montel Eady and Winard Montez Eady, both from North Charleston, and 33-year-old Christopher Donnell Simmons, of Wadmalaw Island, participated in the robberies between July 2009 and March 2011.

Nettles said Raynard Eady and Christopher Simmons were apprehended in February 2011, while Winard Eady was taken into custody last Friday.

All three men are facing federal charges of conspiracy to commit robbery affecting interstate commerce and using handgun in furtherance of the robberies.

They are also facing state charges in connection with the armed robberies, Nettle said.

The indictments are the result of a joint investigation involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division , Charleston Police Department, North Charleston Police Department, Berkeley County Sheriff's Office, Moncks Corner Police Department, Georgetown Police Department, Goose Creek Police Department, Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, Summerville Police Department, Folly Beach Department of Public Safety, Charleston County Sheriff's Office, Walterboro Department of Public Safety, Andrews Police Department, Holly Hill Police Department, Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, and Mount Pleasant Police Department.

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