Police: Man with hammer tried to steal wallet

James McLaughlin of Dillon is accused of trying to steal a construction worker's wallet while armed with a hammer.

A Dillon man is in jail after being accused of trying to steal a man’s wallet by threatening him with a hammer at a downtown Charleston construction site Friday.

James Alonzo McLaughlin, 29, of Center Street in Dillon is charged with attempted armed robbery and first-degree assault and battery.

A Charleston police officer was sent to a construction site at 50 George St. at 3:18 p.m. Friday to check out a report of an armed robbery, according to the incident report. A man told the officer through an interpreter that he was working in a hallway closet of the building under construction when McLaughlin came up to him holding a hammer and demanded his wallet. The man told police he refused to give up his wallet and McLaughlin hit him on the left side of the head with the hammer, causing a visible injury, according to the report.

McLaughlin left the scene and was arrested Monday. He was being held Tuesday in the Charleston County jail on $200,000 bail.

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