The man who robbed a woman at gunpoint in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart on Friday first asked the victim on a date before pulling out a gun, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.


The incident happened at about 12:15 p.m. Friday at the Wal-Mart on Whiskey Road, according to an incident report. The 21-year-old victim, who is an employee of the store, went to the store to cash a check.


The victim told police that while waiting at the customer service desk to cash her check, she and a friend noticed a man watching them, police said. After cashing her check, the victim went to her vehicle in the parking lot, at which point the suspect – the man who had been watching her in the store – approached her vehicle and knocked on the window.


The victim said the suspect “asked her on a date and for her phone number,” police said. The victim took the suspect's cellphone and dialed her number in, then gave it back to him, at which point he brandished a black handgun.


The suspect told the victim he would kill her if she moved, and he demanded the money from her purse, police said. She gave him an undisclosed amount of money and her cellphone, police said.


The suspect told the victim not to turn around, and he had someone watching her from behind the car, the report stated. He fled on foot, walking toward the Krystal restaurant.


No arrests have yet been made.


The suspect is described as a black male in his 20s, wearing a baseball hat, brown boots, a gray long-sleeved shirt and green jogging pants.


Anyone with information about this crime or the identity of the suspect is asked to call CrimeStoppers of the Midlands at 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372). Callers will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.


Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.