Robberies suspect sought

FOLLY BEACH — Authorities are searching for a man suspected of two armed robberies Sunday morning.

Folly Beach Director of Public Safety Dennis Brown said the first robbery happened about 2:30 a.m., when a man walking near a beach access point near the Old Coast Guard Station off East Ashley Avenue was robbed at gunpoint.

The victim told authorities that a man carrying a large-caliber handgun came up to him and robbed him of cash and a cellphone, Brown said. The two men struggled, and the victim was shot in the chest. His condition was unknown Sunday evening. The victim knocked on the door of a nearby residence and told the people there he had been shot.

The victim was taken by EMS to a hospital, Brown said.

The suspect is a white man in his 20s who was wearing a dark-colored hoodie, Brown said. The suspect stands probably between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-11.

The suspect fled the scene, Brown said.

Folly Beach authorities called in the Charleston County Sheriff's Office to conduct a canine search, he said, but the suspect wasn't apprehended.

Authorities then received a call around 6:45 a.m. about a second armed robbery. This incident occurred on West Indian Avenue, Brown said. The victim was robbed of cash but was not injured.

Both victims described a similar suspect, Brown said.

Anyone with information on either incident should contact Folly Beach authorities at 588-2433 or Crimestoppers at 554-1111.

Reach Diane Knich at 937-5491.

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