ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office has arrested a 30-year-old man accused of an armed robbery at a convenience store and leading investigators on a chase that ended following a two hour manhunt.
Investigators charged Lamar Alexander Amos with possession of a weapon during a violent crime and armed robbery.
Deputies responded to the 2700 block of Magnolia Street just after 11 p.m. on Monday when an employee of a convenience store reported an armed robbery. The clerk said the suspect was buying a lighter when he pulled out a gun and demanded cash.
Deputies were then called out to assist officers outside of city limits involving a Tuesday morning armed robbery. A deputy said he then saw the suspect's vehicle approaching a home.
When authorities attempted a traffic stop on the suspect's vehicle, investigators say Amos led deputies on a short car chase.
An incident report states Amos jumped out of his car and ran into a wooded area.
The sheriff's office says multiple police agencies were then involved in a manhunt. After two hours, authorities say Amos was taken into custody.
"We are extremely grateful for the assistance of the Department of Public Safety and Probation, Parole, and Pardon for helping us locate this dangerous criminal and bringing him to justice," Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said.