Report: Shoplifter attempts to stab loss prevention officer at Home Depot

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - A 45-year-old downtown man is accused of trying to stab a loss prevention officer as he was attempting to get away with a stolen item from a home improvement store in West Ashley.

The Charleston Police Department charged Gerald Demetrice Edwards with armed robbery and possession of a knife during a violent crime.

On Wednesday afternoon, a police officer responded to the Home Depot on 2008 Magwood Rd in reference to a robbery. The victim, a loss prevention officer with the store, said it all started when Edwards grabbed a gallon container of a surface sealer and put it inside his jacket.

A police report states when the victim attempted to stop Edwards, authorities say Edwards took out a 4 to 6-inch knife and raised it above his head.

According to investigators, Edwards said,"Get off me or I'll stab you," and attempted to stab the victim.

The victim said after he pushed Edwards away, the suspect took off on foot towards Charlie Hall Boulevard, and eventually got into the passenger seat of a car which then drove away.

The victim told police that Edwards had stolen the same type of sealer in December and immediately drove to the Home Depot in North Charleston in attempt to return the item for cash.

CPD then informed North Charleston police to check the Home Depot in their jurisdiction where  police eventually spotted Edwards sitting in the parking lot. The victim was transported to the store and identified Edwards who was then charged.

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