Authorities have arrested a man they said robbed and kidnapped a woman in downtown Aiken on Thursday then stole her vehicle.
Timothy Greg Clement, 27, of Aiken, has been charged with armed robbery, kidnapping, carjacking, financial transaction card theft, financial transaction card fraud, failure to stop for blue lights and siren, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of second-degree burglary.
The incident began around 8:50 p.m. Thursday, when the 24-year-old victim told officers she had pulled her Toyota 4Runner into a parking space across the street from Hotel Aiken on Richland Avenue and was on her phone with a friend when a man approached the driver's side door of the vehicle. She told officers she thought it was one of her friends, and when she stepped out of the vehicle, the man pushed her back in.
The suspect reportedly “had his right hand in his jacket pocket displaying it with the assumption he had a handgun,” according to reports. He told the victim to hang up the phone and move over, then got into the driver's seat, according to the report.
The suspect told the victim “they were going to the bank and not to do anything stupid,” according to the report. The victim directed him toward her bank, Bank of America, where the suspect drove the wrong way into the drive-through and pulled up to the ATM, according to the report. She gave the suspect her card and PIN number, and he asked how much he could withdraw. The victim told the suspect he could only get $100, and he responded: “I will kill you if you are lying.”
The suspect got the cash and kept the debit card then pulled up to Park Avenue and told the victim to get out, according to the report. The victim said she grabbed her jacket and purse and started running while the suspect drove down Park Avenue and turned onto Hayne Avenue.
The victim ran to Aiken Brewing Company and called police. According to the report, the victim's debit card had been used twice since the incident at a convenience store in Johnston.
On Friday morning, an off-duty Aiken Public Safety officer spotted the Toyota 4Runner on Whiskey Road, according to Cpl. Jeremy Hembree. Patrol units tried to stop the vehicle, and the driver attempted to flee, police said. After a short pursuit, the driver, whom police identified as Clement, stopped the vehicle and was placed under arrest without further incident.
After an investigation, police determined that Clement was the suspect who committed the carjacking Thursday, Hembree said. He is incarcerated at the Aiken County detention center.
Clement already was wanted by police on a second-degree burglary charge stemming from a burglary at a residence on Greenwich Drive that occurred Thursday, police said. Clement also committed a second burglary at the same residence earlier in the day on Friday, Hembree said.
On Friday, officers executed a search warrant at a residence on the 400 block of Union Street N.E. in relation to the carjacking incident. Police located multiple firearms, stolen electronics and illegal drugs, Hembree said. Two residents at the home, Joseph Carlos Brown, 22, and Johnny Marlos Brown, 22, both of Aiken, were arrested and are incarcerated at the Aiken County detention center.
Joseph Brown has been charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana within 1/2 mile of a school, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine within 1/2 mile school, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number and three counts of possession of stolen goods.
Johnny Brown has been charged with violating probation.
Aiken Public Safety was assisted in the investigation and execution of the search warrant by the Aiken office of South Carolina Probation, Pardon and Parole Services.
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