Police arrest armed robbery suspect after he dumps stash

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A homeless man was arrested after police say he robbed a Food Lion Wednesday night.

According to the police report, the suspect walked into the Remount Road grocery store wearing a black mask and brandishing a semi-automatic handgun.

A store clerk told police he approached register four and demanded he empty the drawer into a blue duffel bag. She complied and he moved on to another employee and made her take him to the store's safe. There, she said he took $600 before running out of the store.

Officers dispatched a K-9 officer and tracked the suspect. The duffel bag and a hoodie the suspect had been wearing was found behind the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), building on Rhett Avenue. The bag contained the stolen money, totaling $750, but police say $473 is still unaccounted for.

A spokesperson for the NCPD say 29-year-old Ashley Michael Ireland was arrested overnight and charged with armed robbery, possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime, and pointing and presenting a firearm.