Police investigate 2 armed robberies, 5 days apart at 1 apartment complex

Published: Apr. 25, 2011 at 5:24 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 25, 2011 at 8:18 PM EDT
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Residents at a West Ashley apartment complex were frightened to hear that not one, but two armed robberies took place so close to home in such a short time frame.

"I'm just kind of shocked because I go jogging around here all the time and I don't bring a big dog with me and I don't bring my husband with me so that's a little scary," Liz Pate said.

Charleston police say on that on Friday, 17-year-old Anthony Heyward and another suspect robbed a 27-year-old man at gunpoint. Police responded to Colonial Grand at Cypress Cove apartments around 11 p.m. Police say Heyward and the other suspect wore dark clothes and stole cash, a cell phone and clothing.

A similar robbery happened just five days prior at the same complex. Police say that on April 17, a 34-year-old man was held at gunpoint by two suspects who demanded cash and stole two cell phones.

Residents say they haven't heard anything from apartment management about the incidents.

"I think that if something were going down they should send out some sort of notice saying 'there was an incident, please keep an eye out.' Some sort of neighborhood watch paperwork so they can at least have everybody keep an eye on what's going on. I know there are a lot of kids that live in this complex as well," Brandon Stroud said.

Jim Spahn, a spokesperson for Colonial Properties, which operates Colonial Grand at Cypress Cove, says that they do notify residents when there is an incident when they have the information available. he also said that management plans to notify residents later Monday by delivering a letter.

Spahn added that the complex will be stepping up patrols with a courtesy officer who lives on site and requesting more help from Charleston police.

Investigators have not linked the two robberies. Only Heyward has been charged. Authorities say he is currently at Charleston County jail facing a $100,000 bond for the armed robbery charge and $25,000 for the weapons possession charge.

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