Charleston police releases sketch of downtown robbery suspect

Charleston police releases sketch of downtown robbery suspect

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Investigators with the Charleston Police Department have released a sketch of a suspect wanted in a downtown Charleston robbery.

The robbery happened on April 17 on King Street.

CPD officials describe the suspect as a black male with a medium build and having a mark on the right side of his face that could be a burn, birthmark or scar.

According to investigators, the suspect was also wearing a reflective vest and carrying an orange hard hat.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 720-2487 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

At 5:35 p.m., a police officer responded to King Street in reference to a robbery. The victim said she was in the process of locking the front door to Jaramar Properties, when the suspect used his body to force his way inside the business.

According to police, the suspect then forced the victim behind the counter while shouting,"Where's the money?"

The victim told investigators that normally the door that leads behind the counter is closed and locked, however it was open due to the fact that she was locking up for the night.

While behind the counter, the victim said she gave the suspect cash which the suspect placed in a plastic "grocery store type" bag. Investigators said the suspect continued to demand more money and said,"This can't be all the money!"

A police report states the suspect then pushed the victim and located more money which the suspect placed into the plastic bag. Authorities say the suspect became more irate and demanded more money.

At this point, police say the victim picked up a golf club that was in the business and swung it twice at the suspect; the victim missed both times and hit a wall, according to police.

After giving more money to the suspect, the suspect stole more cash from the victim's pockets; store employees said they also discovered a 9mm Smith and Wesson handgun was stolen from behind the counter.

The victim said before the suspect left the business, he slapped her on the right side of her face, then hit her on the left side of her chin with a closed fist. According to police, the punch knocked the victim to the floor where she said she "blacked out" for a few moments.

The victim told investigators that the suspect may have been in the business before.

Police are continuing the investigation.

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