Police: Fugitive crashes SUV after robbing woman at gunpoint

Published: Jun. 5, 2013 at 4:41 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 5, 2013 at 5:25 PM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The North Charleston Police Department has arrested a 22-year-old fugitive after police say he robbed a woman at gunpoint, then crashed a stolen SUV in West Ashley.

Investigators charged Ray Donnelle Hayward on Tuesday with unlawful carrying of a firearm, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. Hayward, who was wanted for a probation and parole violation, was given a $310,000 bond.

Hayward was arrested Tuesday afternoon after a North Charleston Police officer spotted him getting into a car on Dorchester Road. According to investigators, a 9mm pistol was found on Hayward, who told officers beforehand that he had a gun.

Authorities also charged Hayward with an armed robbery that happened last month in West Ashley.

On May 27 at 1:10 a.m., the Charleston Police Department says Hayward approached a woman outside her apartment on Parkdale Road, pointed a gun to her head and demanded her purse. The victim said after Hayward took her purse, she saw the suspect get into a dark colored SUV, which authorities later determined was stolen.

Ten minutes later, after dispatchers alerted officers to the suspect's vehicle, Hayward's SUV was spotted at a Kangaroo Express.

An affidavit states, as officers were approaching Hayward, the suspect threw the gas pump to the ground, got into the SUV and took off.

Officers then chased the suspect's vehicle which wrecked a short distance later on Hughes Road.

Police say Hayward then ran into a wooded area where authorities lost him.

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