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Two local law enforcement agencies are working together to investigate two incidents in different neighborhoods off Whiskey Road on Monday, which police believe to be connected. 

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office received a report around 11 a.m. Monday from an Aiken man claiming three unknown men had attempted to rob him at gunpoint while he was walking to work on Robinhood Trail, according to the report provided by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

The victim told investigators the suspects pulled up in a vehicle and, as he walked past, a suspect in the back seat pointed a shotgun at him and demanded he "give it up," the report states

The man told police he didn't move and stood in shock. The suspect driving the vehicle hit the gas.

After the suspects drove away, the victim said he heard a shotgun fire once, police reported.

Around 11:30 a.m., the Aiken Department of Public Safety received a call from a man reporting a burglary in progress at 119 Stonington Lane, according to a report provided by Aiken Public Safety.

Officers arrived to the scene, surrounded the townhouse and a suspect fled on foot through the back.

The suspect was caught and identified by investigators as Matthew Ramon Drayton. He was arrested after originally giving officers an incorrect name, police reported.

Drayton, 21, of the 300 block of Lunden Drive, is charged with giving false information to police, according to jail records.

He also had two active arrest warrants, records show.

Investigators questioned Drayton about the Stonington Lane incident, and he claimed to have been given permission to enter the residence, said Lt. Jake Mahoney, with Aiken Public Safety.

Drayton identified the person who gave him permission, and police found he identified the same individual who had called police to report the the burglary, according to the report.

Investigators believe Drayton could have also been involved in the attempted armed robbery on Robinhood Trail and are trying to determine if the man who reported the burglary also is a suspect.

A third suspect was pulled over by police at South State Bank on Pine Log Road on Monday afternoon. The vehicle the suspect was driving matched the description of the vehicle involved in the attempted armed robbery, Mahoney said.

However, no other arrests have been made.

Both agencies continue to investigate the cases.

Editor's note: This article has been updated from its original form to clarify that only one arrest has been made in this attempted robbery incident.

Tripp Girardeau is the crime and courts reporter with the Aiken Standard. Follow him on Twitter at @trippgirardeau.