Ex-state treasurer to plead guilty

Former South Carolina Treasurer Thomas Ravenel, center, leaves Federal court with his sisters, Eva, left, and Suzie, after he resigned from office July 24, 2007, in Columbia, S.C. Ravenel, 44, appeared in court to face a charge of possession with intent t

A West Ashley Chinese restaurant was robbed Monday night by two masked men, one of whom was brandishing a handgun, according to a Charleston police incident report.

It was the second robbery in as many days of a Chinese restaurant in the city, and the third in the tri-county area in a week.

About 9:45 p.m., police were dispatched to the Jade Garden at 3125 Bees Ferry Road. Witnesses told police that two men walked through the front door, and one went behind the counter to open the cash register while the second robber pointed a handgun at a customer and five employees, the report said.

The robbers complained that the estimated $400 in the cash register was not enough and demanded more money, but the employees told them it had been a slow night.

The robbers took the cash and fled through the restaurant's back door, according to the report. Police searched the area for suspects but were unable to locate anyone.

The suspects were described as black men wearing all-black clothing. One was about 6 feet 1 inch tall, thin, with a full mask covering his face. Only his eyes were visible. The second was about 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a slightly heavier build, with a black bandanna covering his face.

On Sunday night, a man wearing nylon panty hose over his head robbed the China Fun restaurant at 3025 Ashley Town Center Drive about 10:15 p.m., according to a police report. In that case, no weapon was displayed and there was only one robber.

The China Chef restaurant at 1672 N. Main St. in Summerville was robbed about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday by two men wearing all-black clothing with their faces covered. That case is being investigated by the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office.