Victim tracks down suspects in downtown armed robbery

Paul Bryan Mitchell and Edward Wayne Sell
Paul Bryan Mitchell and Edward Wayne Sell

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Police Department says the victim of an attempted armed robbery helped in the arrest of the suspects after he followed them.

Investigators charged 46-year-old Edward Wayne Sell and 39-year-old Paul Bryan Mitchell with attempted armed robbery.

On Friday night, police responded to Saint Philip and Calhoun streets for an armed robbery. The victim said it all started after he parked his car outside the Starbucks at 168 Calhoun St.

Police say as the victim got out of his car, one of the suspects approached him from behind and said, "Give me your keys."

The victim turned around and said he saw the suspect with a small pocket knife pointed at him. Authorities say the victim then ran from the suspect.

An incident report states that the suspect then turned and walked on Calhoun Street with the other suspect.

The victim then called 911 and followed the two men.

According to police, at one point, the suspects were walking on Saint Philip Street and realized they were being followed and started to run.

The victim then ran to a CofC public safety officer and told him about the suspects' location.

Police responded and located two people fitting the description of the two suspects at the intersection of King and Spring streets.  The victim then positively identified the men as the two suspects.

Both suspects were charged with attempted armed robbery and locked up at the Charleston County Detention Center.

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