The Aiken County Sheriff's Office arrested a man in connection with an armed robbery that was interrupted by the victim's mother.
Justin Voigt, 25, of Warrenville, was charged with armed robbery and kidnapping. He was placed in the Aiken County detention center, where he remained on Thursday afternoon.
The robbery happened about 5 p.m. on March 18 at a home on Old Double Springs Road in Jackson, according to a sheriff's report. The victim told officers he heard a knock on the door and found three men, one of whom he knew, at the door. He allowed them inside.
The victim said the man he knew asked him for some “dope,” and, at one point, the two went into a separate room to talk, the report stated. At that point, the suspect presented a black pistol and pointed it toward the victim, saying, “I came to kill you,” while continuously asking for dope. The victim was told he would give up something of value or be killed.
The suspect then called the other two suspects into the room and had them search it for valuables while the first suspect held the victim at gunpoint, police said.
One of the suspects instructed the armed suspect to shoot the victim while the third suspect covered items in the room with a plastic bag “in case of blood splatter,” the report stated. The victim said he began to beg for his life, and at that point, his mother pulled up in the driveway outside to take him to church.
The suspects fled when they saw the vehicle approach, but told the victim they would be back to kill him, police said. They reportedly took $60 and a computer.
The report did not indicate if Voigt was the suspect that the victim knew, or if any other arrests have been made.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012.