Hit-and-run suspect nabbed after victim's lawyer finds lead in receipt

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A 36-year-old hit-and-run suspect is behind bars after the victim's lawyer found a piece of evidence linking the suspect to the incident.

The Mount Pleasant Police Department arrested Robert Alexander McLaurin on Thursday and charged him with failure to stop for blue lights, leaving the scene of an accident with great bodily injury, leaving the scene of an accident of an unattended vehicle and driving under suspension third offense

Authorities began to investigate McLaurin for the May 2012 incident after the victim's lawyer, Anthony Forsberg, wrote to police on Sept. 8, 2012 regarding a "good lead" in evidence that was gathered in the suspect's vehicle, which at the time of the incident was not linked to McLaurin.

Forsberg referred to an Autozone receipt that was found in the suspect's car which had two names, one of which was McLaurin's.

The hit-and-run happened on May 27, 2012 on Ben Sawyer Boulevard near Buddy Roe's Shrimp Shack.

The 42-year-old victim said he was riding his bike home when his wallet fell out of his pocket. He said he put his bike down in the median and chased money in the roadway that fell out of his wallet.

Police said the victim's friend followed him in his vehicle with flashers on as the victim retrieved his money.

The victim, who told police he rode the bike because he was intoxicated, said the last thing he remembered was bending over to pick up money and being on the sidewalk, then was told he was hit by a car.

The victim's friend reported that a vehicle passed his car and hit the victim while he was picking up money from the road.

According to the victim's friend, the suspect then backed up and went around the victim and kept driving.

Authorities were then notified that a citizen was following the suspect's vehicle on Chuck Dawley Boulevard. Police reports state that a chase ensued after the suspect failed to stop for police officers.

At one point during the chase, the driver crashed his vehicle into a parked car at a driveway on South Shadow Drive and took off on foot. A K-9 unit was called to the scene, but authorities were unable to locate the suspect.

The following day officers spoke to the registered owner of the suspect's vehicle. Police say the owner of the car originally told police that it was stolen, then told officers he had sold it to a man named "Bubba." The man also told officers that he received a call from "Ervin" telling him that "Bubba" was looking for him and to report his vehicle stolen.

On Sept. 8, 2012, police say they then received a letter from Anthony Forsberg, the victim's lawyer, stating that their office had looked through the case file and found a piece of evidence that he believed to be a "good lead in the case," which was a receipt pulled from the suspect's car which had two names, one of which was Robert McLaurin.

Authorities then began an investigation which resulted in evidence that indicated McLaurin was the driver of the hit-and-run vehicle.

A bond court judge issued McLaurin a roughly $2,200 bond during a hearing Friday.

Copyright 2013 WCSC. All rights reserved.