Passer-by stops robbery in progress, 2 suspects charged in 3 crimes

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- A passer-by saw a robbery in progress at a Mount Pleasant convenience store, pulled his own gun and managed to hold one of the suspects at the store until police arrived.

According to Mt. Pleasant police, the second suspect was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals around 9:30 p.m. Thursday night in Huger. He was booked in the Al Cannon Detention Center just after midnight Friday.

The capture of these two suspects have led to a string of charges for recent armed robberies in the area.

The most recent incident happened at the Kangaroo Store at the intersection of highways 17 and 41. This is the second robbery at that store in a week.

Police say two black men entered the store shortly after 7 p.m. and robbed the store. One of the men fired a shot in the store as they left, police said.

A man saw the robbery take place and pulled out his own gun, confronting the two men. One of the suspects were able to escape, but the good Samaritan was able to detain the second man, police said.{}

A police report identifies the first man in custody as Deion Watson. The report states police arrived to find Watson lying on the ground with the passer-by holding him at gunpoint.

Police identified the second suspect as Markel Jovan Wright. He is charged with armed robbery, attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Affidavits identify Markel Wright as the one who discharged the firearm into the gas station. That bullet hit a sharp object which then grazed the forearm of the clerk, causing minor injury.

A second armed robbery charge is for a June 23 incident at the Kangaroo on Bessemer Road. Police said Watson will also be charged for that crime.

Wright and Watson are also being charged with the armed robbery that happened June 23 at the Kangaroo on Joe Rouse Road.

So far, no one has been charged for the June 21 robbery at the Highway 17 Kangaroo. Police are also still looking for the suspect who robbed the ReFuel gas station on Venning Road June 17.

A bond court judge set bail at $200,000 for 16-year-old Watson, $100,000 for the Highway 17 robbery and $100,000 for the Bessemer Road robbery.

Bond for Wright was denied. He also has a February 2012 attempted murder charge from Darlington County.

Police say the good Samaritan who intervened in the robbery does not want to speak to the media at this time nor does he want his information released.