Report: Surveillance footage led to charges for suspects in Tavern & Table shooting, former employee involved

Crime tape up in the area of the scene (Source: Live 5)
Crime tape up in the area of the scene (Source: Live 5)
Picture of the suspect (Source: MPPD)
Picture of the suspect (Source: MPPD)

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Surveillance footage helped authorities track down the two suspects accused of robbing a popular Mount Pleasant restaurant before shooting the manager. One of the men was also a former employee, according to the affidavit.

Joshua Orlando Washington of Summerville and Brandon Lloyd Daniels of North Charleston were denied bond for the armed robbery that happened on April 4 at the Tavern and Table restaurant. Chris Dixon, manager of the restaurant, was shot during the incident.

Washington and Daniels are both charged with armed robbery, attempted murder, and three counts of kidnapping.

Investigators found out Daniels was a former employee of the restaurant who was fired, according to the affidavit. He had asked about the closing routine of the restaurant, how much cash the restaurant made and how much was kept in the safe. He also stated "I'm going to get them" before the incident, according to the affidavit.

An investigation into Daniels found he provided a phone number to a pawn shop. A search warrant on the phone led to GPS locations that placed Daniels in the location of the restaurant at the time of the robbery, the affidavit stated. The phone records also show Daniels made a call to Washington shortly after the robbery, according to the affidavit.

Washington had previously made two 911 calls in March 2018 in reference to two rental cars from Budget Rental Car at the Charleston International Airport. Washington had rented a silver Dodge Ram pickup truck the day before the robbery, the affidavit stated. The truck matched the truck license plate which was seen on surveillance footatge coming into and leaving the area of the restaurant shortly after the robbery, the affidavit stated.

Officers responded to the restaurant at 100 Church Street and found Dixon inside with a gunshot wound, according to Mount Pleasant police Inspector Chip Googe.

He was transported to the hospital.

According to police, Daniels entered the restaurant and demanded money.

Daniels then fired a weapon during the robbery, striking Dixon before leaving the scene with money, police said. Employees reported Dixon was shot in the back.

Dixon has worked with the restaurant team for more than 15 years and is a new father.

Tavern and Table released the following statement about the shooting at the time of the incident.

"Last night our restaurant , Tavern & Table on Shem Creek, was robbed at gunpoint. Our manager, Chris Dixon, was shot and had surgery overnight. Right now our first and only thoughts are for Chris and his adorable family. Chris has been part of our restaurants for a long time. We've watched him grow from an eager young man to a devoted and kind family man. Most of you will remember him as the general manager of the Wild Wing on the Market.

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