Suspect arrested after downtown Charleston armed robbery, kidnapping

Devon Hakeem McNeil

A Charleston man tracked down a woman and kidnapped her after their date went bad Saturday, according to Charleston police.

He also robbed a man she was with at gunpoint before forcing her into a car, according to the incident report.

Devon Hakeem McNeil, 25, of Ferguson Road, is charged with armed robbery, kidnapping, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and first-offense driving without a valid license.

McNeil and the woman were on a date at a party on James Island when they got into an argument and she left, according to police spokesman Charles Francis. The woman then met a co-worker at Murray Boulevard and King Street near The Battery.

About 11:20 p.m., two men approached the couple on foot, and one of them pointed a semiautomatic handgun at the woman’s companion, according to the incident report.

The co-worker told police he handed over his cellphone, car keys and about $420 in cash, and then the two men forced the woman into her car and drove off.

The woman’s friend described the vehicle and both suspects. Officers located the vehicle in North Charleston and arrested McNeil.

The co-worker described the other man as 5 feet 7 to 9 inches tall and between 20 and 30 years old.

McNeil was being held in the Charleston County jail awaiting a bond hearing Monday afternoon.

McNeil’s record includes a guilty plea to trafficking cocaine and distribution of methamphetamine in June 2012, for which he was sentenced to five years in prison, according to Charleston County court records.

Reach Dave Munday at (843) 937-5553.