Charleston police release sketch of King Street armed robbery suspect

A composite sketch of the man accused of robbing a King Street business Friday was released Tuesday. Provided

Charleston police officers are still searching for a man accused of robbing a King Street business at knife-point Friday.

A composite sketch of the suspect was released by police Tuesday. The robbery occurred about 5 p.m. at Jaramar Properties, LLC, at 1093 King Street.

According to a police report, an employee was in the process of closing the business when the suspect forced his way in with a large “chef-type” knife and forced her behind a counter, shouting, “Where’s the money?”

The employee gave the suspect about $900 cash and he placed it in a “grocery store” type bag, the report states. He continued to demand more money, stating “This can’t be all the money.” He then pushed the employee into a table, exposing about $2,200 cash, which was described as the business’ rent money in the report. The employee took the money and then began demanding more money and “becoming irate.” The employee grabbed a golf club and attempted to hit the suspect, but missed, according to the report.

She gave the suspect another $200-$300 from the back office, and another $20 from her pocket. The suspect also stole a handgun from behind the counter of the business, the report states. The gun is described as a 30-40-year-old black Smith and Wesson handgun with rust on the top and a wooden handle.

Before leaving the business, the suspect allegedly slapped the employee in the right side of her face and then hit her in the left side of her chin with a closed fist, according to the report. The last hit knocked her to the floor, she told police, and she “blacked out” for a few moments.

She told police when she came to, the suspect was already gone.

The suspect is described as a black male, 5-feet-9-inches with a medium build and a mark on the right side of his face that could be a burn, birthmark or scar. He was also wearing a reflective vest and carrying an orange hard hat.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Charleston Police Department’s Central Detective Division at 720-2487 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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