Charleston police arrested four men and confiscated four guns Thursday after an incident at a Rutledge Avenue store.
Officers were initially called to the In and Out Community Store at 759 Rutledge Ave. at 4:15 p.m.
A clerk reported that six men were inside the crowded store acting suspiciously and that one of the men showed him a gun in his waistband. Security video from the store showed that at least two of the men had guns hidden in their waistbands, according to an incident report.
At 6:45 p.m., an officer saw six men who met the descriptions of the suspects walking north at North Nassau and Romney streets.
The suspects saw the police cruiser and ran to the front of 447 N. Nassau St.
The officer approached the apartment and saw a "flash of silver" in one of the suspect's hands. Another suspect walked into the apartment briefly and returned outside. Two unknown suspects ran inside the apartment and escaped out the back door. One of the suspects who escaped put a knife to the face of someone inside and threatened to kill him if he told police anything about him, the report said.
Police found one gun inside a black backpack beneath a van parked in front of the apartment and a silver-colored handgun in the weeds next to the porch.
The owner of the apartment told police that one of the four suspects arrested was her son, who had been told several times not to return to the apartment. She gave police permission to search the apartment and told them she saw one of the suspects throw a gun in a bedroom. Officers found two loaded guns inside.
Police arrested and charged:
Zakei Assadd Holmes, 17, of North Charleston with pointing and presenting a firearm, unlawful carrying of a weapon; unlawful possession of a firearm and trespassing.
Devante R. Jenkins, 17, of North Charleston with unlawful carrying of a firearm, possession of a handgun by someone under 18 and trespassing.
Eric Devell Clayton, 19, of North Charleston with unlawful carrying of a firearm and trespassing.
Curtis Clayton, 18, of North Charleston with unlawful carrying of a firearm and trespassing