Suspect charged in weekend holdup

An Aiken man was arrested this weekend after he allegedly held up a Monetta convenience store and was followed by the store's clerk, who gave deputies a description of the man and the vehicle he was in, officials reported. Miguel Quintana, 37, of Three Notch Road in Aiken, is charged with armed robbery. About 5:30 p.m. Sunday, deputies learned a man had held up Heartly's convenience store on Rankin Road, and the gunman had gotten into a vehicle and left. The clerk told deputies the suspect walked in the unlocked door, pulled a gun on him and made off with an undisclosed amount of money. The victim said the gunman left in a red Ford Taurus driven by an unidentified woman. The clerk said he got into a vehicle and began following the vehicle after the holdup, according to reports. The clerk said he knew who the gunman was and gave deputies his description. While investigators were collecting evidence from the crime scene, Aiken County Sheriff's Office dispatchers told investigators that a vehicle matching a description of the one that gunman was said to be in was spotted in Saluda County. Deputies there initiated a traffic stop and said the driver and the suspect matched the description they were given by local deputies. The victim and a witness who was in the store at the time of the holdup confirmed the suspect was the gunman, according to the report. Quintana was transported to the Aiken County detention center. Contact Karen Daily at kdaily@aikenstandard.com