Cousins arrested in armed robberies

Rodney Scott Jr.

Two men have been charged by Charleston police investigating four armed robberies that have occurred since Jan. 12.

Rodney Scott Jr., 20, of Ashley River Road, is charged with armed robbery and two counts of strong armed robbery. Scott, who was arrested at police headquarters, is accused of robberies that Jan. 12 on Farmfield Avenue, Feb. 6 on Wappoo Road, and Feb. 20 on Thunder Trail, police spokesman Charles Francis said.

Manuel Scott, 20, of Boeing Avenue, is charged with armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and three counts of strong armed robbery. Scott, who was taken into custody by U.S Marshals in Goose Creek, is charged with robberies of Jan. 12, Feb. 6, and Feb. 20, and also Feb. 19 on Ashley Crossing Lane.

Scott was out on bail on a charge of grand larceny when arrested, Francis said. Both men, who are cousins, are being held in the Cannon Detention Center.

The robberies involved victims ranging in age from 16 to 89 years old.

Earlier Thursday, police put out a description of a car that was thought to have been used in the holdups.

A break in the investigation came when Detective Thomas Bailey spotted a vehicle at Savage Road and U.S. Highway 17 that matched the description of the vehicle used in the Farmfield Avenue robbery.

Rodney Scott was driving the vehicle, and the ongoing investigation led police to charge Scott in three of the robberies, Francis said.

Detectives, patrol teams and many other units of the Charleston police worked tirelessly the past 24 hours to bring these cases to a successful conclusion, he said.

Details of the robberies:

-- On Jan. 12, about 11:15 a.m., a 60 year-old woman was entering a Farmfield Avenue business when a man approached her from behind, grabbed her purse and fled on foot.

-- On Feb. 6, about 2:15 p.m., an 85 year-old woman was entering her Wappoo Road home when a man grabbed her from behind and demanded her purse. He pushed her down as he grabbed the purse, and fled on foot down Skinner Avenue.

-- On Feb. 19, about 6:30 p.m., a 16 year-old boy was about to enter his vehicle after visiting a friend at an Ashley Crossing Lane apartment complex, when a man approached and took his money and cell phone.

-- On Feb. 20, at 3:30 p.m., an 89 year-old man drove his car into his garage on Thunder Trail, on Johns Island, and was confronted by a man who opened the front passenger side door and pointed a handgun, demanded money and then fled the scene in a vehicle described as an older model four-door gold colored Impala.