Walterboro robbery victim chases suspects

Carlos Roderick Jefferson (left) and Rakeem Kashawn Floyd

WALTERBORO -- A robbery victim who pursued his alleged assailants down a rural highway Thursday told authorities he could not call 911 for help during the chase because the robbers had stolen his cell phone.

About 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a complaint about two vehicles traveling on Cottageville Highway, driving aggressively and at high speeds, according to a news release issued today by the Sheriff’s Office.

A deputy was in the area and the vehicles were found between Cottageville and the Edisto River. One was in the middle of the road and the other was in a nearby ditch. Both were empty.

Another resident called 911 and reported that she saw people running through her yard and at least one was armed with a handgun. Additional deputies and Cottageville Police officers began searching for the occupants of the vehicles. One man was taken into custody near the cars. Two others were arrested after a resident told police he had given a ride to two armed men and where he had dropped them off.

Investigators determined that the driver of the pursuing vehicle was an alleged victim of an armed robbery in the Foxfield subdivision near Walterboro. He told deputies he had been robbed at gunpoint and the robbers took his money and his cell phone.

Two Summerville men were charged in connection with the robbery.

Carlos Roderick Jefferson, 22, of Germantown Road, Summerville, is charged with armed robbery, kidnapping, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Rakeem Kashawn Floyd, 21, of Renay Road, Summerville, is charged with armed robbery, kidnapping and giving false information to police.

Both were being held in the Colleton County Detention Center pending bond hearings.

A third suspect was being questioned, but no charges were filed, the release said.