North Charleston restaurant robber gets 13 years

Kendall Tyus Jr.

A North Charleston man was sentenced to 13 years in prison Wednesday for robbing a restaurant in 2012.

A Charleston County jury found Kendall J. Tyus Jr., 24, guilty of armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Judge Deadra Jefferson sentenced him to 13 years for robbery and five years on the weapons charge. Tyus will serve the terms concurrently, according to the 9th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

On Oct. 22, 2012, a co-owner of the Under the Sea restaurant on Dorchester Road told police she was sitting behind the counter when she saw a man run into the restaurant with a black pistol at his side. She ran toward the back of the restaurant and yelled “the robbers are coming” to alert her co-owner, an incident report said.

North Charleston Police Department executed a search warrant at Tyus’ house. Investigators located the clothes worn during the robbery, a semiautomatic handgun and money hidden throughout the house, according to the Solicitor’s Office.

Testimony also revealed that Tyus’ fingerprints were on the cash register tray found a short distance from the business.

“We are happy the jury held the defendant accountable for his actions,” said Assistant Solicitor Chris Lietzow.