Would-be robber picks the wrong victims
by The Press and Standard | July 12, 2018 5:00 am
Last Updated: July 10, 2018 at 2:56 pm
An 18-year-old Walterboro man faces multiple charges after he allegedly picked the wrong victims to rob.
A call reporting a shots fired with the possibility of someone being injured sent Walterboro police officers to the Druid Hills 2 apartment complex at 189 Beach Road on June 7 shortly before 9 p.m.
The first officer on the scene was told the suspect was being detained in the stairwell of Building E.
When officers entered the stairwell, they found the suspect encircled in a bear hug. The man with his arms around the suspect told the officers that the man in his grasp attempted to rob him and shot at him.
The handgun allegedly used in the robbery bid was sitting on the stairs.
An officer managed to get a handcuff on the suspect’s right wrist when the suspect reportedly jumped up and attempted to run off.
The man eluded the officer’s first effort to subdue him and was then tackled by the patrolman. The officer held him on the ground while two other patrol officers secured the handcuffs.
After having his Miranda rights read to him, the suspect allegedly said he had done nothing wrong and the officers should be arresting the three other men he was accused of trying to rob at gunpoint.
The three men who had been targeted for robbery told police that they had been at the apartment complex visiting relatives and were sitting on the steps drinking alcohol.
One of the victims told police he was walking away as the suspect walked toward the group.
When he returned to the stairwell, he said, he allegedly saw the man pointing a handgun and demanding money from the victims.
As the third victim rejoined the group, he added, the suspect allegedly pointed the handgun at him and again demanded money.
An argument ensued and one of the victims grabbed the suspect’s arm and pushed it away.
In the struggle, the suspect reportedly discharged the weapon once.
He was then disarmed and detained by his victims while the police were called.
According to the incident report, the three victims were asked to come to headquarters and provide a written statement the next day.
Officers, checking the scene to figure out where the spent round went, found a bullet hole in a nearby wall but no bullet.
The handgun taken from the suspect was found to have a spent casing lodged in the slide, rendering it inoperable. They also found that the serial number on the weapon had been obliterated.
The suspect, Tyronjay G. Smith, 18, of Walterboro was transported to Colleton County Detention Center to face charges of attempted armed robbery, resisting an officer, possession of a weapon in the commission of a violent crime, possession of a stolen pistol and discharging a firearm within the city limits.