CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say a downtown Charleston man is behind bars after deputies stopped him from robbing a Food Lion after a failed robbery attempt at a Burger King.
The Charleston County Sheriff's Office arrested 37-year-old Victor Perez.
The incident started at 10:24 p.m. when deputies responded to an attempted armed robbery outside a Burger King on 3579 Savannah Hwy. on James Island.
An employee said someone had come up to her while she was outside with a weapon at his side.
According to the employee, the suspect had asked several times to come inside the restaurant and was denied entry.
A report states the employee told the suspect he could go through the drive thru.
At that time, authorities say the suspect walked across the street and employees called 911.
Then at 11:50 p.m., deputies responded to the Food Lion on 6323 Savannah Highway for a robbery.
When the deputy arrived he was told the suspect was in the store.
The deputy then spotted him at the register.
CCSO officials say as the suspect left the store, the deputy pointed his gun at him and subsequently arrested him.
A report states investigators found an unloaded 9 mm pistol in Perez's pocket as well as a single 9 mm bullet.