Report: Armed robber transported to hospital after victim fights back

BEAUFORT COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says a suspected armed robber was transported to the hospital after his victim wrestled him to the ground, detained him and called 911.

At 4:30 p.m., deputies responded to a wooded area in the area of Churchdale Road and Burton Wells Park in reference to an armed robbery.

When investigators arrived they say they found the victim and the suspect, Byron Habersham.

The victim said it all started when he received a Facebook message from an unidentified subject asking if he was still selling a four wheeler to which the victim said he was. The unidentified subject then told the victim that his cousin wanted to look at the vehicle.

According to the victim, he then received a phone call from a man asking to come look at the bike.

The man then met the victim, and after seeing the victim test drive the bike, he told the victim that he was short on cash but would return with more money, an incident report states.

The victim told investigators when the man returned, he asked the victim if he could test drive the vehicle. The victim told the man he would allow it only if he came along for the ride.

According to investigators, the man drove the bike to an area of Churchdale Road where a masked man pointed a silver revolver at the riders. The sheriff's office says the suspect then demanded the riders get off the bike.

The victim said he told the suspect he was not afraid of him. Authorities say the suspect then approached the victim and struck him on the head with his gun.

Deputies say when the suspect attempted to hit the victim again, the victim grabbed the gun and wrestled the suspect to the ground.

An incident report states that the other rider took off with the four wheeler. The victim said he then called 911 and detained the suspect, later identified as Habersham.

Authorities say Habersham was transported to Beaufort Memorial for treatment with his condition unknown.

The sheriff's office is asking anyone with information to call (843) 255-3416 or Crime Stoppers.

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