Crime Briefs for Jan. 15
ADPS investigating armed robbery
The Aiken Department of Public Safety is investigating an armed robbery that happened at a convenience store on Richland Avenue on Saturday.
The robbery happened about 9:45 p.m. at the Green Light Express, according to a report.
The victim told officers a man entered the store with a hooded sweat shirt covering his face and slumped over the counter, according to the report. The man reportedly had a hand in his hooded sweat shirt and “appeared to have a handgun.”
The suspect threatened to shoot the victim if she didn’t lay on the floor, according to the report. He took money from both cash registers and from under the counter before fleeing the store.
Woman reports attempted carjacking
A North Augusta woman told officers a man tried to carjack her while she was vacuuming her vehicle at a car wash Saturday night.
The incident happened around 7 p.m. at a car wash on Jefferson Davis Highway in Beech Island, according to a report by the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.
The woman said she was vacuuming her car when the suspect approached her from behind and told her to get out of the car, but when she got inside, he tried to force his way into the car, according to the report. The suspect then fled the scene and jumped over the fence into the USA Foods parking lot.
The victim reportedly had injuries on her left arm and neck.
Two arrested for weapons charges
Two Aiken man were detained for weapons charges after being pulled over in Colony Woods Apartments on Friday.
Officers initiated a traffic stop on Laurens Street because the vehicle’s tag light was out, according to the report. The vehicle eventually stopped near the back of the complex.
Officers saw one of the passengers reaching down to his feet, which led the officer to believe he was reaching for a firearm or trying to hide something. Back up arrived and the passengers were ordered out at gunpoint, according to the report.
Officers found a black handgun on the floorboard where the passenger was sitting, according to the report. A second handgun was found under a rear seat.
Lafayette Lamont Williams, 19, of Berkley Street, was charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Raymond Blocker Jr., 24, of Brandt Court, was charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol.
One arrested, one at-large after car chase
A vehicle chase that began in Richmond County ended in Aiken County when the suspects’ vehicle crashed.
According to a statement by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, officers responded to a call of shots fired on Wylds Road in Augusta. Deputies located the suspects’ vehicle on Wrightsboro, but the driver took off and led deputies on a chase into Aiken County, where the vehicle crashed on Atomic Road in Aiken.
The front-seat passenger was able to escape from the vehicle, according to the statement. The driver, Timothy Shane Baughman Jr., was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and later detained for fleeing and attempting to elude, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license.
Baughman also has an outstanding warrant for Superior Court.
A handgun was found in the vehicle, and there were also two passengers in the back seat, one of which was a male juvenile, according to the report. The other suspect was a 20-year-old Aiken woman.