When he saw the man he thought had robbed him the night before, a James Island shopkeeper chased after the suspect Monday, only to have a handgun pointed at him, according to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.
The robbery happened about 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Starfish Mart at 1648 Folly Road. The owner told deputies that a man entered the convenience store with a gun and demanded money and cigarettes.
He took about $100 in cash and a $5 pack of cigarettes, according to an incident report.
About 12:30 p.m. Monday, the store owner called the Sheriff’s Office to report that the robber might have returned.
“The owner feels he matches the description, so the guy runs out of the store,” sheriff’s Maj. Jim Brady said. “The owner chases after him, but the person running brandishes a gun.”
The owner gave up the chase at the sight of the weapon, Brady said.
Deputies, dogs and helicopters responded in an effort to find the man. The search was fruitless.
The suspect was described as a black man about 6 feet tall, around 160 pounds with a muscular build, according to the report.
During the robbery, the man was wearing a black T-shirt, black pants and a red and black baseball cap.
Deputies and police dogs searched the area, but dogs lost the suspect’s track on Grimball Road.
Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Office at 202-1700 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.