Trio charged after armed robbery in front of Moultrie Middle School

Parks, Belt, and Hayes. (Source: CCDC)
Parks, Belt, and Hayes. (Source: CCDC)

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Three men are behind bars on armed robbery charges after quick work by Mt. Pleasant police early Tuesday.

Mt. Pleasant police say 25-year-old Randi Parks, 26-year-old Darren Belt, and 31-year-old Ricky Hayes robbed two men at gunpoint on the sidewalk in front of Moultrie Middle School on Coleman Boulevard just after midnight, and one of their officers on night watch saw it happen.

According to the officer, he saw three men walk up to two victims, and moments later he saw one of the victims put his hands in the air. The officer approached the suspects, but they all scattered on foot as he called for their attention.

The victims told the officer their cell phones were taken after one of suspects pointed a .38 caliber Smith and Wesson at their faces.

According to a police report, the suspects also pointed the gun at the victims' stomachs and said, "Give me everything you got." The victims then threw their cell phones and a wallet on the ground, which the suspects took before running off.

The officer then radioed a description of the suspects and more police responded to the scene.

Court documents state Hayes was the first suspect found. He was located near Hamp Fludd and King streets, near the Mount Pleasant Water Works Station.

A short time later, Parks was found hiding under a large construction truck near the back of the station. Police said Parks was found holding the victim's wallet, and told police Hayes had just handed it to him.

Parks then told police Belt was also involved in the robbery and that he was driving a green Jeep.

Police then spotted the Jeep speeding from the area, and Belt was arrested. Inside the SUV, police said they found a backpack packed with mail belonging to one of the other suspects.

The men are charged with two counts of armed robbery. Police say the pistol used in the robbery has been recovered.

Belt and Hayes were granted $200,000 bonds during a hearing Tuesday. Parks, who is on probation for second-degree burglary, was given a $300,000 bond.

They are being held in the Charleston County Detention Center.

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