Another strong-arm robbery in Charleston’s Tent City reported

Some of the tents near the I-26 ramp on Meeting Street last month.

Another violent crime has been reported in Charleston’s Tent City, the fourth one this month.

Around 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, a man said he was slapped around and his car keys taken after he refused to give a man he knew a ride to Wal-Mart from the encampment at Meeting Street and the Interstate 26 ramp to North Charleston, according to the incident report from Charleston police. He returned to the camp with police to find his car missing.

Police arrested a suspect Tuesday and are investigating whether he is connected to other incidents, spokesman Charles Francis said.

Two strong-arm robberies were reported Saturday night at the same location, and two men were stabbed about two weeks ago.

Around 10:15 p.m. Saturday, man told police he was walking through Tent City and a man came up behind him, assaulted him and took his cellphone and wallet.

Less than an hour later, another man told police he was riding his bicycle on Huger Street near the encampment when a man called him over, assaulted him and took his cellphone and wallet.

Both victims were treated and released at Medical University Hospital.

Police increased their presence in the area after the incidents, Francis said.

Around 3 a.m. Feb. 2, two men told police they had been stabbed at Tent City. Both were taken to a hospital for treatment.

Tent City has been getting smaller since city officials announced a couple weeks ago that it would be cleared out within two months. Various groups have been working on ways to relocate campers who need assistance.

Reach Dave Munday at 843-937-5553.