Crime Briefs for Dec. 18
Police: Woman’s wallet stolen at gunpoint
A Springfield woman was robbed at gunpoint as she left the Burger King on York Street on Saturday, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
The woman told officers she was getting in her car in the restaurant parking lot around 6:45 p.m. when a young black male wearing a gray hoodie approached her on a bicycle, according to the report.
The suspect asked her if she had change for a $20 bill, she told him no and tried to close her car door, according to the report. The suspect stopped her from closing her door, pulled a black handgun from his waist band and threatened to shoot the victim if she didn’t give him her wallet.
The victim gave the suspect her wallet, which contained an undisclosed amount of money and credit cards, and he fled the scene on his bicycle, according to the report.
The victim chased the suspect in her vehicle until she lost him at the intersection of Aldrich Street and Brentwood Place, according to the report.
Authorities investigate suspicious night fire
Authorities are investigating a Sunday night fire at a home that they have deemed suspicious.
According to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, the fire happened around 10:30 p.m. on Old Chalk Bed Road. One of the residents told fire fighters he came outside and found his front porch on fire. Fire personnel “advised” that there were no electrical items or power on the front porch, according to the report. The victim told officers he believes the fire started on the porch.
Two families lived in the home, according to Augusta media outlets. All residents made it out safely, but two pets reportedly died.
Fire personnel requested a police report and an investigation into the fire, according to the sheriff’s report.
Man struck by vehicle in Monetta parking lot
An Aiken man was struck by a vehicle while walking through a parking lot on Old Ninety Six Indian Trail in Monetta, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.
The 37-year-old victim told officers he was walking across the parking lot when an unknown person driving a white four-door car struck him, causing minor injuries, according to the report. The victim declined EMS transport and told officers the person driving the vehicle stopped and spoke with him momentarily, telling him he didn’t realize he’d struck the victim.
The driver reportedly handed the victim a piece of paper with his contact information on it and told him “to send him the hospital bill,” according to the report. He then left the parking lot.
Officers later confirmed the information the driver provided on the paper. No charges were filed, and the victim said he only wanted a report for documentation purposes.