Investigators: Man suspected of robbing Starfish Mart returns

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Investigators say a man suspected of robbing the Starfish Mart Sunday evening may have returned and pointed a gun at the store owner Monday afternoon.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office says the owner of the store called authorities at 12:30 p.m. in reference to a person who had just entered his store. The owner told investigators that he felt that the person may have been involved in an armed robbery from Sunday night.

The sheriff's office says as the owner was on the phone with authorities, the suspect ran out of the store and the owner followed.

An incident report states that at one point, the suspect turned around and pointed a gun at the owner.

Deputies, K-9 and air support are in the area looking for the suspect, who is described as a male wearing a white shirt, black pants, 5'9" to 6-foot tall and 160 pounds.

On Sunday around 7:30 p.m., deputies say a man entered the Starfish Mart at 1648 Folly Road with a gun in hand demanding money and a pack of cigarettes. The store clerk says the suspect left the scene on foot after he was given around $100 in cash and the cigarettes he wanted.

Deputies used a K-9 to search for the suspect, but lost his track on Grimball Road.

The suspect is described as black male, 5'9 to 6-feet, around 160 pounds and a muscular build. The suspect was wearing a black t-shirt, black pants, and a red and black baseball cap.

If you have any information about this incident, contact the Charleston County Sheriff's Office at 843-202-1700 or CRIME STOPPERS at 843-554-1111.

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