Accused purse snatcher said he was 'pretending' to steal money

Published: May. 16, 2012 at 4:27 PM EDT|Updated: May. 16, 2012 at 7:43 PM EDT
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Shawndel Malik Walker
Shawndel Malik Walker
Police arrest a man suspected of attempting to steal money from a gas station customer Monday...
Police arrest a man suspected of attempting to steal money from a gas station customer Monday night.

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Investigators say a 26-year-old man who attempted to steal money from a customer at a gas station said he was only pretending.

The North Charleston Police Department charged 26-year-old Shawndel Malik Walker of Ridgeville with attempted purse snatching.

On Monday night, officers responded to the Exxon on 2230 Ashley Phosphate in reference to an armed robbery.

Police say they found two men matching the descriptions of the suspects walking over the I-26 overpass down the street from the Exxon. Authorities then ordered the two suspects, Walker and another man, to the ground and placed them in custody.

The victim told police that as he was leaving the Exxon, someone attempted to take money from his hand. The victim said he was able to hold onto his money, leave the business and call authorities.

The victim then went back into the store and asked the clerk if the surveillance cameras were working. Police say the victim then saw the suspect walk out of the business around the back of the store down Ashley Phosphate.

The victim positively identified Walker as the man who attempted to take the money out of his hand. The victim told police that the second person who was detained by police was not directly involved in the incident.

Walker told officers he was pretending to take the money and wasn't trying to rob the victim. He was locked up at the Charleston County Detention Center.

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