Police: 2 arrested in attempted robbery at ATM
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston arrested two men in connection with an attempted robbery at an automatic teller machine inside a Rivers Avenue store.
Dewayne Fishburne, 31; and Everette Russell, 25, were charged with strong armed robbery, according to North Charleston Police spokesman Spencer Pryor.
Police initially responded to a report of a fight inside a store in the 5300 block of Rivers Avenue, an incident report states.
The victim told police he was trying to withdraw $200 from an ATM inside the store and said Fishburne and Russell told him he could go on ahead of them and use the ATM. The victim said he began to get suspicious when he noticed the two were watching over his shoulder as he entered his PIN and appeared to whisper to each other, police say.
The victim, fearing he was about to get robbed, stepped away from the machine to flag his brother, who had been outside, to come in and watch his back, the police report states. But the victim said when he attempted to go back to the machine and complete his transaction, the men pushed him away from the machine, claiming it was their card and their money.
An altercation then began, but the victim was able to press the cancel button on the ATM and retrieve his card, the report states.
A store employee told police the two men had been loitering inside the store near the ATM when the victim came in and stood behind them in line, and then appeared to watch the victim as he entered his PIN.
Police say neither of the suspects had an ATM card, but Fishburne said he had a card and that it must have gotten lost in the altercation, though no card was found inside the store, the report states.
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