Bond set for man arrested in Subway armed robbery

Armed robbers wearing 'Scream' masks take off with money from Subway
Published: Mar. 14, 2014 at 5:31 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 15, 2014 at 5:58 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Bond has been set at $250,000 for 28-year-old, Vince Bowens, the man accused of robbing a Subway store in November of last year.

Charleston County investigators say Bowens, a suspected gang member and fugitive, has been arrested for an armed robbery after DNA from a Halloween mask linked him to an armed robbery from last year.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office arrested Bowens Friday morning and charged him with kidnapping, armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime in connection to an incident last year.

On the night of Nov. 1, 2013, authorities say two men wearing masks robbed the Subway at 3750 Savannah Hwy.

Employees told investigators that one of the suspects had an orange monster Halloween mask on and was carrying a "pistol grip shotgun."

Detectives say surveillance video from the scene showed that the gunman pointed the weapon at one of the employees and threatened to shoot her if she did not stay in one place.

The suspects stole two of the cash registers and took off.

Eleven days later, the sheriff's office say they located the orange Halloween mask and two tills from the robbery in a wooded area on Bear Swamp Road.

SLED was then able to identify DNA from the mask belonging to Bowens.

Authorities say a Crime Stoppers tip then led the US Marshals Fugitive Task force along with CCSO deputies to Bowens' location at a home on Hughes Road on Johns Island.

According to investigators, Bowens is an "alleged gang member" and has three outstanding arrest warrants out of the sheriff's office.

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