Traffic stop leads to arrest of suspected armed robbers

Brittany Robinson and Eric Wigfall
Brittany Robinson and Eric Wigfall

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Authorities have arrested two people suspected of an armed robbery in downtown early Friday morning.

The Charleston Police Department charged 23-year-old Eric Wigfall and 22-year-old Brittany Robinson with armed robbery and two counts of attempted armed robbery. Wigfall is also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Investigators say both suspects were arrested half an hour after the incident happened.

The incident started when the three victims were walking on Vanderhorst Street. One of the victims then felt a tug on her purse which she was carrying on her right shoulder.

The victim turned around and saw a man pointing a gun at her. The suspect then demanded the victims' handbags.

Police say two of the victims ran away and the third victim had her purse taken. The suspect then took off.

A description of the suspect was then provided to officers on duty.

A short time later, an officer initiated a traffic stop near Folly and Camp roads. Another officer arrived on scene and realized that the passenger in the vehicle matched the description of the armed robbery suspect.

Wigfall and Robinson were then taken into custody. Police are continuing the investigation.

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