Armed robbery suspect arrested following standoff

Published: Mar. 22, 2013 at 4:30 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 22, 2013 at 10:49 PM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - An armed robbery suspect has been arrested following a standoff at a home in North Charleston on Friday.

Members of SWAT and the US Marshals Office were spotted entering a home on the 7000 block of Spring Creek Road a little after 4 p.m. following a standoff that started Friday morning.

Authorities were then seen leaving the home with the suspect, 21-year-old William Rice, who was wanted for failing to appear at his trial which started on Feb. 25. Rice had been charged by the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office for a May 2012 armed robbery.

On Thursday morning, US Marshals surrounded a home on Spring Creek Road after developing information that Rice was inside. An incident report states that the homeowner left the house and confirmed that Rice, who had barricaded himself in the attic, was inside.

Rice surrendered after a six hour standoff during which authorities used tear gas.

"It's known that Mr. Rice didn't want to be captured and he thought he could hide from law enforcement in the attic of that home," said Kelvin Washington, US Marshal for South Carolina."Today's arrest is an example of the combined efforts of different law enforcement agencies working together to protect the citizens of South Carolina. Thank you to our local law enforcement partners for their assistance in this case."

Rice was locked up at the Berkeley County Detention Center.

The US Marshals, the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office and the North Charleston Police Department responded to the incident.

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