Mount Pleasant police arrest one robbery suspect with passerby’s help; searching for second suspect
Mount Pleasant police are searching for a Huger man who they said held up a convenience store, then escaped an armed passerby who pulled a gun in an attempt to stop him.
To offer tips
Anyone with information on Markel Jovan Wright’s whereabouts can call the Mount Pleasant Police Department at 884-4176.
The robbery is the fourth gas station holdup in 10 days in the town, and that has some store owners concerned.
John Manigault, owner of JBA Gas on U.S. Highway 17, has owned the store since 1994, and said he has warned his clerks to be careful. “We try to be safe all the time,” he said.
The latest robbery occurred Wednesday night at the Kangaroo store at the BP station on U.S. 17 and S.C. 41. A passerby with a gun intervened and nabbed one of the accused robbers. The other got away, Police Maj. Stan Gragg said.
Police refused to the release the name of the gun-wielding Samaritan, citing safety concerns because one of the suspects remained at large.
The Post and Courier located the man Thursday. He declined to speak with a reporter, saying only that he would be open to sharing his story once police arrested the second robber.
The man the Samaritan held at gunpoint, 17-year-old Deion Watson of Press Lane in Huger, is charged with armed robbery in connection with the incident, Gragg said. Police still are searching for Markel Jovan Wright, 23 of Hidden Way in Huger, he said.
Police also arrested Wright on June 18 and accused him of stealing cash from the register at his place of employment, the Walmart on Proprietors Place off U.S. 17, according to an incident report.
An employee told investigators Wright had been taking money from the registers since he started working at the store on June 7, the report stated.
Wright is accused of taking $3,350, the report stated. He was charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent and released from jail on $10,000 bail on June 20.
He had been out of jail just six days, police said, when he and Watson allegedly robbed the Kangaroo store at gunpoint Wednesday.
Officers were dispatched to the store at 7:19 p.m. to check on a report of shots fired inside of the business, an incident report states.
Two men walked into the store with rags covering their faces, Gragg said. They showed a gun to a clerk, took an undisclosed amount of money and fired a shot as they left the store, he said.
That’s when the Samaritan with a gun came along and challenged the two at gunpoint. The passerby had one of the men on the ground at gunpoint when officers arrived, the report said.
Wright got away, while Watson gave up and was arrested when officers arrived, police said.
The armed robbery was the store’s second, and Mount Pleasant’s fourth in 10 days, Gragg said. Investigators suspect Wednesday night’s holdup is connected to at least one of the other robberies, he said.
On June 21, a man wearing a white T-shirt, blue pants and a white cloth mask walked into the Kangaroo store with a large knife shortly after 3 a.m., an incident report states. The store’s clerk told officers she handed the robber $100 in small bills, and that he then ran from the store.
On June 18, officers were called to the Refuel gas station at 1181 Venning Road, near the Hungryneck Boulevard intersection, according to a report. A man dressed in a gray hoodie and a black shirt entered that station at 8:14 p.m., showed the clerk a gun and stole an undisclosed amount of money, Gragg said.
Two men on Sunday robbed another Kangaroo gas station at gunpoint just before midnight. The masked men entered the store at 2390 Highway 41 and stole cash and merchandise, police said.
Natalie Caula and Glenn Smith also contributed to this report.