Three suspects arrested on charges of armed robbery
COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) – Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott has announced the arrest of Shawn Benjamin, who’s been charged with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of kidnapping.
Two other men have also been arrested in connection with the same incident: Kenneth West is charged with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of kidnapping. Derek Stewart is charged with two counts of armed robbery.
Lott said that on Monday, Oct. 16 just before 10:30 p.m., two victims, one male and one female in their 20’s, were approached by all three men on Mallet Hill and Wood Duck Roads.
The suspect pointed a gun and demanded that they empty their pockets. The three then stole the victim’s IPhone, purse and wallet with various items inside.
The next night, just before midnight on Tuesday, Oct. 17, alert deputies spotted a car matching the description of the car that had been involved in an armed robbery shortly before midnight. Lott said that all three men were taken into custody without incident.
Benjamin, Stewart and West have been taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.