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Sumter man accused of robbing pizza delivery drivers, sexually assaulting one

Lander Lee Hickman - Source: Sumter Police Department

A 19-year-old is facing a number of charges in connection with a string of targeted armed robberies of pizza delivery drivers, and sexually assaulting a woman.

Lander Lee Hickman, was arrested Tuesday and charged with four counts of armed robbery, kidnapping, criminal sexual-conduct-first degree, financial transaction card fraud, pointing and presenting a fire arm, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and sexual assault according to the Sumter Police Department.

Officers say these charges stem from several incidents that began late September with each incident becoming more violent as they led up to his arrest.

In four of the incidents, Hickman was accused of orchestrating the robberies by placing pizza orders to different addresses and then waiting near the locations for the driver to arrive so that he could rob them.

At the time of these robberies, Hickman was out on bond related to a 2017 charge of sexually assaulting a boy under the age of seven.

Initially Hickman was denied bond however during a requested bond reduction hearing his bond was set at $30,000 surety with GPS monitoring in August of last year.

On Monday, police were called to a home on Crescent Avenue after receiving reports of an armed robbery and sexual assault. Reports indicated that a female delivery driver was robbed and sexually assaulted while attempting to deliver a pizza.

During their investigation, officers found that Hickman was inside of a house on Crescent Avenue and arrested him at the home.

On Sunday, officers reportedly responded to a similar incident around 10 p.m. in the 300 block of Charlotte Ave., where a delivery driver was approached at gunpoint by a man who robbed him of the pizza, cash and other items.

In September two other, similar incidents were reported on North Magnolia Street as well as Crescent Street.

Police were also able to link Hickman to another incident in September on Chestnut Street, where a woman who was sitting outside was approached at gunpoint by a man who ordered her to be quiet and threatened her before running away.

Officers continue to investigate to determine if Hickman is linked to any other incidents, at this time he is being held at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.

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