Man accused of using broken champagne bottle in gas station robbery

St. Julian Ronald Smalls, 44 of Martin Luther King Boulevard, is charged with armed robbery in connection with a robbery that happened at Sunoco gas station,1984 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., on May 27

Charleston police officers arrested a man accused of using a broken champagne bottle as a weapon while robbing a gas station last month.

St. Julian Ronald Smalls, 44 of Martin Luther King Boulevard, is charged with armed robbery in connection with the incident.

On May 27, officers were dispatched shortly before 5 a.m. to Sunoco gas station, 1984 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., concerning a robbery.

The store’s clerk, a 24-year-old woman, told officers that a back man wearing a grey T-shirt, black pants and a black baseball cap entered the store and tried to buy a can of beer.

The woman asked the man for identification, but he did not have any, police said. He left the store and returned about 20 minutes later.

The man again approached the counter to buy the beer, police said. The clerk told officers she noticed the man had a bottle of champagne behind his leg.

The man broke the bottle on the floor, grasped it by the neck and pointed the sharp edge toward the woman, police said. He demanded money for the store’s register, the woman told police.

The man stole about $113 and fled the store, according to an incident report.

Officers arrested Smalls on Thursday and he is being held at the Charleston County jail, jail records show.