Second suspect in Mount Pleasant robberies now in custody, jail records show

PROVIDED Markel Jovan Wright (left), 23, of Huger, is suspected of being one of two men who held up a BP station on Wednesday. Deion Watson (right), 16, also of Huger, was apprehended at the scene after a passerby intervened and held him at gunpoint until police arrived.

Police charged two Huger men accused of holding up two Mount Pleasant gas stations this month.

Markel Jovan Wright, 23 of Hidden Way, is charged with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of possession of a knife or firearm during the commission of a violent crime and one charge of attempted murder, police Maj. Stan Gragg said.

Deion Watson, 17, of Press Lane, is charged with two counts of armed robbery, Gragg said.

Police linked Wright and Watson to gas station robberies at two Kangaroo stores, 4020 Bessemer Road and 2846 Highway 17 North, Gragg said.

U.S. Marshals on Thursday arrested Wright at his home about 9:30 p.m., Gragg said.

Watson was arrested on Wednesday at the scene of the latest robbery.

Two men with rags covering their faces walked into the Kangaroo store at U.S. Highway 17 and S.C. Highway 41 about 7:19 p.m., Mount Pleasant police said.

The men stole an undisclosed amount of money and fired one shot as they fled the store.

An armed passerby saw what was happening and challenged the two men at gunpoint. Wright got away, but Watson gave up and was arrested when officers arrived, police said.