Charleston police arrest second suspect in robbery, beating of Norman Street man

Ronald Cornell Bryant faces charges of strong-armed robbery, second-degree assault and battery, and first-degree burglary.

A second man has been arrested in a robbery earlier this month in which a trio of attackers beat a resident on Norman Street in downtown Charleston.

Ronald Cornell Bryant, 20, of Seiberling Road in North Charleston faces charges of strong-armed robbery, second-degree assault and battery, and first-degree burglary.

Chez Khaliel Hayward, 21, of Line Street in Charleston already had been jailed in connection with the Oct. 13 incident.

A third person was thought to be involved.

The Charleston Police Department said the 45-year-old victim answered a knock on his door around 11 p.m. and found three men standing outside his apartment.

They grabbed him, pulled him from his home and punched and kicked him, the police said. One of the men told the victim to stay away from his niece, and another stole $150 from the victim, according to the police.

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