Judge issues $75K bond for robbery suspect found in disabled van

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - A James Island man accused of robbing a convenience store clerk at gunpoint early Monday has been granted a $75,000 bond.

A judge issued the bond for 29-year-old Chase Hill on Monday afternoon.

According to Charleston County Sheriff's Major Jim Brady, Hill wore a hooded sweatshirt during the armed robbery at the Kangaroo at 897 Folly Road around 2:30 a.m. The store clerk said Hill walked in the store and lifted the bottom of his sweatshirt up, exposing a firearm, and said "register, open it, let's go."

Brady said Hill took cash from the register and ran down Folly Road. A Charleston Police Department K-9 tracked the trail to West Madison Avenue, where it ended. Brady said the location where the track ended indicated a waiting vehicle.

A little over an hour later, Brady said Charleston police officers discovered a disabled 1998 Ford Windstar van on the Stono River Bridge. Brady said Hill was driving the van, and matched the description provided by the clerk.

Brady said Hill appeared to be extremely nervous and was sweating. Police found cash in the front seat, he added.  Hill was then arrested.

While he was being transported by a deputy, Hill uttered, "My parents are going to kill me," according to an incident report.

Hill is being held in the Charleston County Detention Center.  He is charged with armed robbery.

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