GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - Goose Creek police arrested a 49-year-old Berkeley County man in connection with the Dec. 31 armed robbery of a College Park Road gas station after a witness recognized his Gamecock pullover and a plaid hat shown in surveillance pictures, court documents state.
Rias Isaac is charged with armed robbery with a deadly weapon, kidnapping and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to Goose Creek Police Capt. John Grainger.
Isaac was taken into custody without incident at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday after the Goose Creek Police SWAT team, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team and Charleston County deputies assembled at Isaac's home to execute a search warrant, Grainger said.
Police released surveillance images of the New Year's Eve robbery, which occurred at 6:15 a.m. An employee told police she was filling the lottery tickets box when the suspect entered the business and asked for two packs of cigarettes.
A police report states that when the employee got the cigarettes and turned around, she dropped the cigarettes when she saw the suspect armed with a gun. The employee said the suspect told her to open the safe, but told him that she did not have access to it. According to investigators, the suspect then told the victim to walk around the building and return inside.
When the victim returned, she saw the suspect running towards Crowfield Boulevard. A K-9 unit tracked the suspect from behind the gas station to the wooded area behind the Food Lion. The employee told police the robber had an earring in his ear.
Police said the man wore a Carolina Gamecocks coat, black pants, tan boots and a plaid baseball cap. Court documents state a witness recognized the man in the surveillance images and notified police. The witness recognized the pullover windbreaker, plaid pattern ballcap and said Isaac is an avid South Carolina Gamecocks fan, documents state.
Police say Isaac's driver's license photo showed him with at least one earring.
Isaac was being held at Hill-Finklea Detention Center to await a bond hearing, police say.