Suspects found under house

Jarret Eric Graddick

A police dog sniffed out two armed robbery suspects hiding beneath a house in peninsular Charleston Friday morning.

Jarret Eric Graddick, 24, of Linnen Lane, and Preston Swinton, 20, of Hamlin Road, both of Mount Pleasant, were found underneath a house at King and Cleveland streets about 11 a.m.

The two are charged with armed robbery in the July 25 holdup of the Piggly Wiggly grocery story on Riviera Drive in Mount Pleasant.

Graddick also faces charges in the May 27 robbery of the Golden Bowl Chinese restaurant on U.S. Highway 17.

Mount Pleasant police had been searching for the men for about a week. The suspects' photos had been widely publicized. The U.S. Marshals Service had also been enlisted to assist with the search.

Investigators got a tip Friday morning that the two suspects might be hiding in a house in the city's North Central neighborhood, said Mount Pleasant Police Capt. Stan Gragg, a departmental spokesman.

Mount Pleasant police contacted the Charleston Police Department about 10:30 a.m.

City officers set up perimeter around the neighborhood near the old Rivers Middle School, said Charles Francis, spokesman for Charleston police. A police dog found the men beneath the house, he said.

Both men were turned over to Mount Pleasant police and later taken to the Cannon Detention Center, where they will be held pending a bond hearing scheduled for today .

Graddick and Swinton are two of four suspects in the Piggly Wiggly robbery. Two other suspects, Kenneth O. Murray, 27, of Linnen Lane, and Dante Justin Smalls, 17, of Alice Smalls Lane, are already in custody. Both are from Mount Pleasant.

Also behind bars are Keenan Jamal Coakley, 20, of Coakley Road, and Denzel Lamar Moultrie, 19, of Atlanta Drive, both of Mount Pleasant. They were arrested last week and each is charged with armed robbery in the May 27 robbery at the Golden Bowl.

With Graddick suspected of having taken part in the robbery at Piggly Wiggly as well as the one at the Golden Bowl, investigators are trying to determine if those two robberies are linked to several other recent robberies east of the Cooper, Gragg said.

The Harris Teeter at 2195 Tea Planter Lane was robbed on June 26, and the Food Lion at 697 Long Point Road was robbed on June 24. Also, the Charleston County Sheriff's Office is investigating an armed robbery at the 17 North Roadside Kitchen that happened just outside Mount Pleasant town limits about 8:30 a.m. June 27. No arrests have been announced in any of those cases.

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