Quick thinking by a clerk at a Savannah Highway Chinese restaurant prevented another employee from being the victim of a robbery and led to an arrest in a recent robbery.
An employee at the China Fun Restaurant at 3025 Ashley Town Center received a call about 9 p.m. Wednesday to deliver food to a Balsam Street address. The employee realized that the order was similar to an order placed on Sept. 12 in which a delivery driver was robbed.
The employee called Charleston Police, who were patrolling the Balsam Street area when they say saw several men attempt to flee by running through the backyard of 1644 Balsam St.
Officers apprehended the men, one of whom had a white shirt wrapped around his head covering everything but his eyes.
Valentino Hayward, 22, of Evergreen Street, and Jerron Smith, 18, of Sequoia Street, are charged with armed robbery in the Sept. 12 incident.
In Wednesday’s incident:
Jonathan Hymes, 21, of Evergreen Street, is charged with conspiracy to commit strong armed robbery, attempted strong armed robbery, trespassing and wearing a disguise/mask. Hymes is on probation for a narcotic offense.
Benjamin Singleton, 21, of Corral Drive, is charged with conspiracy to commit strong armed robbery, attempted strong armed robbery and trespassing.
Jo’var Heyward, 17, of Sequoia Street, is charged with conspiracy to commit strong armed robbery, attempted strong armed robbery and trespassing.
All five are being held in the Al Cannon Detention Center.
The investigation is ongoing.