Cops: Suspect beat, robbed man after inviting him over for beers

Joshua Campbell. (Source: CCDC)
Joshua Campbell. (Source: CCDC)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston police say they have arrested a man who invited a victim to his house for some beers, and then proceeded to beat him repeatedly after accusing him of being involved in an earlier robbery.

Joshua Lamont Campbell, 35, was arrested Monday night and charged with possession of a knife/firearm during a violent crime, armed robbery, and first degree assault and battery.

Police say the victim was invited over to Campbell's home for on Navajo Street for some beers after the two got off a bus together on Tuesday, May 7 around 9:50 a.m. The victim says he was not friends with Campbell, but knew him from the neighborhood.

According to an incident report, the two men were drinking beer at the suspect's home when Campbell pulled out a gun and accused the victim of playing a role in a robbery that he was the victim of.

Police say Campbell then punched the victim in the face multiple times, pistol-whipped him, and attempted to remove the victim's clothes when he tried to escape. He also stole money out of the victim's pocket.

The report states authorities attempted to arrest Campbell at his home after the incident, but were unable to find him.

Police say they found Campbell hiding under a bed at his sister's house on Monday around 9:45 p.m.

Campbell is being held at the Charleston County Detention Center.

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