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Charges made in unrelated robberies

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5 arrested, another man still sought

By Jenny Arnold

Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies have arrested several suspects in unrelated armed robberies in recent weeks, including one that left a man with a gunshot wound.

Robbery leads to shooting in Kershaw

Jerome Anthony Riley, 22, of 3884 Fork Hill Road, and Jonathan Elliot Butler, 16, of 638 Country Club Road, were each charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, armed robbery and possession of a gun during the commission of a violent crime.

Although he is 16, Butler has been charged as an adult in the incident, which happened July 20 about 9:15 p.m. at Foxwood Apartments, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

Department of Juvenile Justice petitions were also signed against a 15-year-old in the case, charging him with the same crimes, according to the report.

The report said a 47-year-old man told deputies that he was at the Executive Inn on South Hampton Street in Kershaw when he was approached by two men who demanded his money.

One of the men stuck a gun to the victim’s thigh and shot him, the report said.

Sheriff Barry Faile said investigators later determined that the shooting happened at Foxwood Apartments during a drug deal between the suspects and the victim.

According to the report, Riley said to the others, “Let’s rob him,” and pointed the gun at the victim, who was in a pickup truck.

The victim put the truck in reverse and the door hit Riley in the head and gun went off, the report said.

The victim was treated at Kershaw County Medical Center.

Riley, Butler and the 15-year-old were charged last week. Butler and the juvenile were taken to a DJJ facility in Columbia. Butler received bond and has been released, Faile said.

Riley is being held at the Lancaster County Detention Center. He has been denied bond.

Home invasion robbery

Investigators have charged one man this week in a June 18 robbery at a home on Springs Street in Kershaw.

According to an incident report, a 78-year-old man said he was in the kitchen of the home spraying for insects when two men wearing shirts around their faces came inside.

Seeing that one of the assailants had a gun, the homeowner ran out the back door, got in his van and drove off. Witnesses told him they saw two men run out the back door and into a home on Third Street, the report said.

The victim is the owner of the rental home where the incident occurred, the report said.

Shawn Pearson, 33, of 6514 Carolina St., was arrested Monday and charged with attempted armed robbery, second-degree burglary and possession of a gun during the commission of a violent crime.

Pearson is being held at the Lancaster County Detention Center. He has been denied bond.

Deli robbery

Investigators have also charged two men in connection with a robbery at the Manhattan Deli on Lynwood Drive.

According to an incident report, several men said they were robbed at gunpoint in front of the deli on July 5.

The men said one robber held them at gunpoint while the other went through their pockets. The robbers stole a cell phone and some keys, according to the report. They ran across Airport Road, the report said.

Both robbers had guns, the report said.

Michael Charles Johnson, 17, of 2149 Athena Road, has been charged with armed robbery in the case, according to the report.

Andre Ballard, 23, is wanted in the case. He is being charged with armed robbery.

Johnson remains at the Lancaster County Detention Center on a $30,000 bond.

Faile said anyone with information about Ballard’s whereabouts may call the sheriff’s office at (803) 283-3388.

Contact senior reporter  Jenny Arnold at jarnold@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151