NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Bond was denied for three men who are charged for attempted murder and a number of armed robberies following an investigation into crime targeting members of the Hispanic community.
21-year-old Vernell Lockhart, 18-year-old Zaquan Carter, and 20-year-old Alex Shawn Robinson were in bond court on Tuesday.
They were all denied bond for an attempted murder charge, and two of the suspects bonds were also set at $2 million each for six armed robbery and gun charges.
A juvenile was also arrested in connection to the trio’s arrest.
The attempted murder charge stems from an incident on Sunday night when investigators say the suspects approached a man and pointed guns at him while he was parking his car.
Authorities say the suspects asked the victim for his money, then one of the suspects took the wallet from the victim’s back pocket. According to court documents, the victim then tried to get the gun out of one of the suspect’s hand and a struggle ensued. During the struggle, one of the suspect fired the gun striking the victim in the stomach.
Information on the suspect’s vehicle was relayed to officers who reported that the suspects threw out the victim’s wallet before stopping.
According to police, the victim was unable to identify which of the suspects shot him since they were all wearing hoods at the time of the crime.
Investigators said during the investigation the suspects were identified as the perpetrators of four other armed robberies that occurred just prior to the shooting.
Two of the suspects were out on bond for gun and drug charges when they were arrested for their latest crimes, according to police.
Investigators say the suspects may be involved in robberies targeting Hispanics.
Officials with the North Charleston Police Department said officers have been saturating the area due to a recent string of armed robberies primarily targeting members of the Hispanic community.
“We are looking at additional robberies in our jurisdiction that may have involved these suspects and cooperating with the surrounding jurisdictions (Charleston county and Berkeley county) to see if the suspects may be associated with similar robberies,” said Spencer Pryor with North Charleston police.