CPD: Student robbed classmate in James Island Charter HS bathroom

CPD: Student robbed classmate in James Island Charter HS bathroom

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Charleston police say a 17-year-old James Island Charter High School student is now behind bars after robbing a fellow student in the school's bathroom.

An incident report states the strong armed robbery occurred Wednesday around 10:40 a.m. following 2nd period.

The victim told police he was leaving class when he was approached by Christopher Smith, who told him to follow him into the men's bathroom.

Once in the bathroom, Smith reportedly told his classmate to empty his pockets, but the victim claimed he did not have any money. Smith then said "If I find money on you I'm going to punch you," at which point the victim said he gave Smith his money.

A third student joined Smith and the victim in the bathroom, but did not say anything during the alleged robbery, and left with the suspect.

Police say school security cameras showed the three teens enter the bathroom together at 10:40 a.m., and exit around 10:43 a.m. The reporting officer recognized Smith based on previous encounters.

Smith, who is listed as 6'01" tall and approximately 300 pounds, was arrested and charged with strong armed robbery. He is being held at the Charleston County Detention Center.

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