Crime Briefs for May 1
Police seek ID of robbery suspect
Authorities have released a photo of the man who, according to Aiken Public Safety, allegedly robbed the Huddle House on Richland Avenue early Monday morning.
A man walked into the restaurant about 2:30 a.m. on Monday and told employees he was armed, though he never presented a weapon, police said. The man fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register.
The suspect is described as a black male wearing a dark gray hooded sweatshirt, a red T-shirt and light gray sweatpants.
One employee was struck in the mouth but did not require transportation to a medical facility, police said.
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call CrimeStoppers of the Midlands at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.
Woman detained for shoplifting
A 19-year-old Aiken woman was detained for shoplifting on Monday after she allegedly stole from several stores inside the Aiken Mall, according to Aiken Public Safety.
Kamiryn Alexis Machulis, of Evans Road, admitted to shoplifting from several stores in the mall after an employee of one store stopped her when she allegedly tried to leave the store with a pair of earrings without paying, according to a report. Employees from three other stores later came and reclaimed items that Machulis allegedly took.
Only one of the stores wanted to press charges against Machulis, according to the report.
Drug paraphernalia found during search
A search for comforters stolen from an Aiken motel on Monday led to the discovery of drug paraphernalia, according to Aiken Public Safety.
The four suspects allegedly left a room at a motel on Richland Avenue on Monday, and housekeeping discovered the comforters were missing from the room, according to a report. Three of the suspects were later located at another Richland Avenue motel.
Officers found three bags “in the area the suspects were located,” according to the report. None of the suspects claimed the bags, but one of them said the bags belonged to the fourth suspect, who reportedly walked off before officers arrived.
The three suspects denied taking the comforters and said they were on the beds when they left the room, according to the report. They were then placed on trespass notice for the motel.
Officers seized the abandoned bags and placed them into evidence, according to the report. While inventorying the bags, officers found a digital scale commonly used to weigh drugs, a Snus can containing small plastic bags, a razor and two small straws with a white residue on them.
The bags also contained a prescription bottle with the name of the fourth suspect on it, clothing and hygiene items, according to the report.
Men charged after chase with ADPS
The Aiken Department of Public Safety has released the charges levied against three men who allegedly led officers on a chase after shots were fired in an Aiken neighborhood Monday afternoon.
Kentrell Brown, 22, of Augusta, has been charged with trafficking crack cocaine, unlawful carrying of a pistol, possession of a stolen pistol, failure to stop for blue lights and no driver’s license, according to a statement.
Rodriquz Jackson, 21, of Aiken, was charged with trafficking crack cocaine, unlawful carrying of a pistol and possession of a stolen pistol.
Rashawn Carter, 23, of Augusta, was charged with trafficking crack cocaine, unlawful carrying of a pistol and possession of a stolen pistol. Carter was also served two outstanding bench warrants for no S.C. driver’s license and no vehicle license.
All three men were placed in the Aiken County detention center, where they remained Tuesday afternoon.
Officers heard gunfire from Pinecrest Avenue just after 5 p.m. on Monday and saw a white four-door Chevrolet Malibu fleeing the area, police said. Police activated their emergency lights and siren to stop the car but the suspect vehicle continued down the road, so a pursuit began.
The chase went through the Central Business District and ended at the intersection of Plunkett Avenue and Laurens Street, police said. The suspects were apprehended, and officers found firearms and drugs inside the vehicle.
The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the shooting in the Pinecrest neighborhood. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers of the Midlands at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.