Cops nab suspect in cross-dressing robbery, shooting at jewelry store

  • Posted: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 12:01 a.m.
    UPDATED: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 2:11 p.m.

A 20-year-old Summerville man who attempted to rob a Whiskey Road jewelry store wearing a flowered dress, exchanged gunfire with the store's owner and fled through the Aiken Estates subdivision was located by authorities late Monday afternoon when he sought medical attention at an Augusta hospital.Dominique Lemond Lee Fortenberry is facing charges for armed robbery after he allegedly entered Porky Bradberry's Jewelry in the Mitchell Shopping Center dressed as a woman, set his purse down and drew a weapon on the store's owner, Porky Bradberry, according to Aiken Public Safety spokesperson Lt. David Turno.The armed robbery occurred just before 1 p.m.Bradberry and Fortenberry fired shots at each other, Turno said, but added that it is unclear who fired the first shot.Bradberry was shot in the arm, was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and was later released, Turno said.Fortenberry, who authorities later determined was shot in the face, took off running southbound down Whiskey Road and into the Aiken Estates subdivision, leaving blood behind in the store's parking lot.The weapon that Fortenberry was shot with was a small caliber gun, Turno said.It appeared from the crime scene that Bradberry fired several shots."We recovered a number of items that had blood on them that (Fortenberry) was wearing in different parts of Aiken Estates, and we were able to determine that he was in a vehicle by the location the items were found," Turno said. "As quick as we were finding them and as spread out as they were, we knew he couldn't be on foot."Fortenberry underwent surgery Monday afternoon and was to be arrested as soon as surgery ended, Turno said.Two other employees were in the store at the time of the armed robbery, and both were unharmed.There is no surveillance video from Bradberry's store, the lieutenant added.Investigators have identified a vehicle and are investigating the possibility that other people were involved."There may be more arrests to come as the investigation continues to see if he had any accomplices assisting him," Turno said.The Aiken County Sheriff's Office and Richmond County Sheriff's Office assisted in Monday's search for the suspect.

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