A 74-year-old woman was mugged outside a Hanahan church and her SUV stolen Saturday morning, according to police.
Two men were charged with possession of a stolen vehicle when the SUV was spotted that night, but they’re denying any involvement in the mugging, Capt. Michael Fowler said. Police are examining forensic evidence to see if they can make a connection, he said.
The woman told police she was tending to bushes outside Yeamans Park Presbyterian Church on Murray Drive when a man came up behind her and choked her until she was unconscious. She woke up to find her Hyundai SUV gone.
The SUV was recovered on Rivers Avenue after automatic license plate readers detected the plates on Spruill Avenue and Remount Road, Fowler said.
Charles Lajuan Belton, 25, of Delta Street in North Charleston, was driving. Davon Flythe, 31, of White Oak Lane in Harleyville, was a passenger. Both were charged with possession of a stolen vehicle.
A .45-caliber Glock was recovered from under the passenger’s seat, Fowler said. Flythe was also charged with unlawful carrying of a firearm by a felon.
Belton was released from the Charleston County jail on $30,000 bail, and Flythe was released on $60,000 bail.
Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.