Armed Robbery

Surveillance footage shows James Herman Hammond interacting with the store clerk of Harry's Convenience Store prior to allegedly demanding the clerk to give him money at knife point. 

Deputies are searching for an armed robbery suspect who held up a Wagener convenience store clerk with a knife and demanded money Tuesday night. 

Around 9:13 p.m., James Herman Hammond, 46, allegedly grabbed the clerk of Harry's Convenience Store in a choke hold, threatened the clerk with a knife and demanded money, according to an Aiken County Sheriff's Office news release. 

Hammond released the victim when another customer pulled into the parking lot and fled the store, the news release states. 

Deputies describe Hammond as a black male with gray/white facial hair, 5 feet 6 inches tall and approximately 130 pounds.

Hammond was last seen wearing a blue shirt, black jeans and a black ball cap, according to the release.

Hammond is wanted for armed robbery, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and larceny.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Aiken County Sheriff's Office at 803-648-6811.

Anonymous tips can be sent through Midlands CrimeStoppers. A tip could earn up to $1,000 cash reward.  

Matthew Enfinger is a general assignment reporter with the Aiken Standard. Follow him on Twitter: @matt_enfinger