Mount Pleasant robbery suspect gets 30 years in prison

Ricky Lamont Hayes

A man accused of robbing two pedestrians outside a Mount Pleasant bar last year was sentenced to 30 years in prison Thursday.

A jury found Ricky Lamont Hayes, 32, of North Shadow Drive in Mount Pleasant guilty of two counts of armed robbery, according to the 9th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. Circuit Judge Roger Young sentenced Hayes to 30 years on both counts, to run concurrently.

Hayes has numerous prior convictions, including distribution of crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and unlawful carrying of a weapon.

On May 7, 2013, Hayes and two other men robbed two pedestrians who were walking home from a bar on Coleman Boulevard near Moultrie Middle School. The men pointed a revolver at the pedestrians and forced them to empty their pockets of cell phones and wallets.

A Mount Pleasant police officer patrolling the area on foot saw what has happening and called out to the men, who then ran toward the Old Village. Officers found Hayes a few minutes later on King Street in Mount Pleasant.

Officers also found the two other men and recovered a wallet and gun used in the robbery.

The other two men arrested were Darren Keith Belt, 27, of Buskirk Avenue in North Charleston and Randi Jarrell Parks, 26, of Eastover. They were both being held in the Charleston County jail Friday.

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