Police announce arrest in robbery

Jabulami Nnamdi

Goose Creek -- Police on Monday announced the arrest of one person in connection with the armed robbery of a Chinese restaurant in April.

Police Capt. John Grainger said he would make no public comments about the case, but he did say police have not determined if the robbery is related to the string of Chinese restaurant robberies that began in August.

Jabulami Jumaane Nnamdi, 27, of Marilyn Street, Goose Creek, is charged with armed robbery, according to a police report. He was being held in the Hill-Finklea Detention Center pending a bond hearing.

Nnamdi is accused of being one of two men who walked into the China Chef at 142 St. James Ave. shortly after 10 p.m. April 8. Armed with handguns, the men demanded money. One of the gunmen went around the counter and got some money while the other pointed a gun at a juvenile and demanded money from a female, according to the arrest warrant.

The two robbers ran out the back door of the restaurant.

According to the arrest warrant, a confidential informant implicated Nnamdi.

The warrant also says Nnamdi filed a burglary report with police April 15, claiming a large amount of currency had been stolen from his apartment. The informant told police that Nnamdi's accomplice in the China Fun robbery had stolen the money from Nnamdi and that a portion of that money was proceeds from the China Fun robbery, the warrant says. Police blacked out some words in the warrant that may or may not have identified the accomplice, so it is unknown if investigators have identified the second suspect.

Also, according to the warrant, a search of pawnshop records shows that Nnamdi pawned and recovered a .380-caliber High Point semi- automatic pistol, which he had during the time frame of the robbery.

At least 16 Chinese restaurants in the tri-county area have been robbed since Aug. 1, three of them twice, prompting state and local authorities to form a task force to investigate the cases.

The State Law Enforcement Division is reportedly the lead agency in the task force, but SLED has been tight-lipped about the task force's organization. Restaurants outside the tri-county area have been robbed also, including one in Holly Hill on Sept. 30 and one in Andrews on Nov. 16.

Reach David W. MacDougall at 937-5655.