1 in custody after robbery, carjacking and crash

Bernard Reid (WCIV)

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- One man has been arrested and police are searching for another man in connection to a convenience store robbery that happened late Sunday night in North Charleston.

Police say 17-year-old Keyon White was identified as one of the suspects. He was found at his Napoleon Drive home and arrested, police said.

He has been charged with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of possession of a firearm, and hit and run. Police have not identified the other suspect, they said.

According to police, the armed robbery happened at the Circle K on West Montague Avenue near Dorchester Road around 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

The store clerk reportedly told officers two men entered the store. One of them had a gun and demanded money. The clerk told officers she was hit in the head with the gun before the men took the money from the register and several packs of Newport cigarettes.

EMS treated the clerk at the scene, police said.

A short time after the robbery, North Charleston police say the suspects tried to rob a man at a BB&T bank machine, but the man said the money was already in the ATM, so the two suspects ran.

According to an affidavit, the two suspects hit the man over the head with a gun causing a cut behind his left ear. They ordered the driver out of the vehicle and took off in the stolen car, police said. That car was later crashed into a home on Westview Street near Bonaparte Drive, according to police.

Police say the two suspects ran from the vehicle, but left behind a BB gun that officers believe was used in the gas station robbery. The officers also found the cigarettes that had been stolen.

White is being held in the Al Cannon Detention Center on a $455,000 bond.

Anyone with information about the robbery can call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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