Man charged in Folly Beach robbery

Corey S. Coulter

Folly Beach authorities probing what was called one of the worst outbreaks of criminal violence in the island's history have arrested a 23-year-old James Island man on a robbery charge.

Corey Shane Coulter of Amanda Park Lane is charged with one count of armed robbery, the Folly Beach Public Safety Department said Friday. Warrants for Coulter were issued and he was arrested Tuesday at his home, Detective Ron Avallone said.

On Dec. 4 about 6:30 a.m., on the West side of Folly, a man jumped in front of a man on a moped near the Exchange building on West Indian Avenue.

The robber fled with a large amount of money from the victim, who was able to describe the robber for an artist who made a sketch, police said.

So far, no charges have been filed in another case, a robbery and shooting that occured about four hours earlier on the same day. That incident took place at 2:30 a.m., when a gunman approached a man at the far East end of Folly Beach, near the old Coast Guard station, and tried to take his silver Corvette, police said.

During a struggle, the suspect shot the victim once in the chest and ran away with his cell phone and money, police said.

Coulter was released from the Cannon Detention Center on $75,000 bail set Wednesday by Charleston County Magistrate Alvin Bligen, according to court records.