North Charleston police arrest suspect accused of robbing Food Lion store at gunpoint

Ashley Ireland, 29, is accused of robbing a North Charleston Food Lion store at gunpoint.

A 29-year-old man is accused of robbing a Food Lion store on Remount Road at gunpoint Wednesday night.

Ashley Ireland, 29, is charged with armed robbery, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and pointing and presenting a firearm, North Charleston police spokesman Spencer Pryor said. According to police, Ireland is homeless, but known to frequent the North Charleston area.

Police were called to the store at 1213 Remount Road shortly before 10 p.m. concerning an armed robbery, an incident report states.

One of the store’s employees told police that a man wearing a black hoodie entered the store with a semi-automatic pistol and demanded that she empty her cash drawer into a blue duffel bag that he was carrying.

The 17-year-old employee emptied the drawer, but she wasn’t sure how much cash it contained, police said. The man also stole about $600 from the store’s safe.

The man ran from the store toward a nearby Hardee’s restaurant, the incident report states.

Officers searched the area and found the suspect’s blue duffel and hoodie behind a building on Rhett Avenue, according to the report.

The bag still contained $750 in cash, police said. More than $400 was unaccounted for.

Pryor said investigators managed to identify and locate the suspect through the store’s surveillance video and witness reports.

Ireland is being held at the Charleston County jail pending a bond hearing.