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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sheriff: Dead motel robber was going to rape clerk

7-25-2011 South Carolina:

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A man is dead after the motel clerk he tried to sexually assault and rob early Monday morning fought back and killed him, deputies said.

Investigators say 43-year-old Vincent Carson of Orangeburg entered Days Inn motel at 133 Plumbers Rd. near I-20 and North Main St. sometime before 6:00 a.m.

As the female clerk went into the breakfast room to prepare breakfast, she found Carson waiting inside. The victim said Carson held a knife to her throat and said "this is a robbery."

Investigators said when her attacker slipped the knife into his pants pocket to begin tying her up with plastic ties, the woman pulled a handgun from under her shirt, turned and fired into the man's chest at point blank range.

The victim was about 100 pounds lighter than Carson and stood at least a foot shorter than him, investigators said.

When deputies got to the scene just after 6:00 a.m., they found the suspect unresponsive on the floor. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said Carson died from a single gunshot to the chest.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Carson's intent was not only to rob the motel, but also to rape the clerk. "There's no doubt that was his intent," said Lott. "Not only was he going to rob her, but he was going to sexually assault her. Now what was he going to do after that assault was over with, we don't know."

The clerk was not injured, but was taken to Palmetto Baptist Hospital as a precaution.

The suspect was wanted in at least one other motel robbery in the Midlands. The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Department was looking for Carson in connection with a July 14 robbery at the Hampton Inn on US Highway 601.

In that incident, deputies said Carson broke into the room of two elderly tourists and took their money, their cell phone and their vehicle.

Lott said that this was an unfortunate situation in which the victim feared for her life and defended herself.

Lott said the clerk had been victimized in one of two recent robberies at the same Days Inn and had gotten permission from her employer to carry a .22 caliber gun. The suspect in both of those incidents was identified as 22-year-old David Wesley Watson.

Watson is also believed to be the man who shot and killed Papa John's Pizza store manager Steven Fowler in June.

"Citizens need to be aware of their surroundings," the sheriff said. "If you see or hear anything that may be out of place or suspicious in nature, it's always best to use your better judgment and call law enforcement."

No charges have been filed. ..Source.. by Jack Kuenzie


Man sought, woman arrested in hotel robbery


A woman has been arrested and a man is being sought in connection with the armed robbery of two tourists at Orangeburg's Hampton Inn.

Jessica Dawn Brown, 22, of 322 Ferncliffe Road, Elgin, has been arrested on charges of armed robbery, first-degree burglary and kidnapping.

Officials are still seeking 43-year-old Vincent Lee Carson of 1324 Saint Ann St., Orangeburg. He is also wanted on charges of armed robbery, kidnapping and first-degree burglary.

"It is important that the public provide any information to locate Carson as soon as possible. He is to be considered armed and dangerous," Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said.

Deputies say an 82-year-old man and his 74-year-old wife were at the St. Matthews Road hotel last week when a gunman forced his way into their first-floor room.

The man demanded their cash and vehicle at gunpoint, the couple said. Warrants allege Carson held them against their will before taking about $750 in cash, a cell phone and a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox.

Deputies called OnStar, which informed them the vehicle was stationary at a Foxberry Court residence less than two miles away. After deputies located the unoccupied Chevrolet, a witness told them the driver got into a Kia with a female.

Warrants allege deputies found a cell phone and car keys at a Seif Road residence that Brown and Carson share. ..Source.. by T&D Staff


EGAMA Manager said...

If a sheriff says it happened, I guess that makes it official. Forget about the fact he wasn't there when it occurred. Sounds like something is being covered up.

Anonymous said...

"Forget about the fact he wasn't there." Okay, let me guess that's what he told you. By the way in my
state if you are with the person who
robs, kills or is killed in a comission
of a crime, you yourself can be charg3d with the same offense as you're buddy.