Ridgeway store robbed at gunpoint

Kevin Boozer Staff Writer

October 15, 2013

RIDGEWAY — The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its search for two men who robbed Dollar General on S.C. 34 at gunpoint last week and got away with an undetermined amount of money.

The suspects were described as black males, both dressed in black with one wearing a black mask and one wearing a white T-shirt wrapped around his face and head.

An eyewitness described the man wearing the black mask as around 5-foot-6 and stocky, weighing 160 to 170 pounds with bushy hair. The second suspect was described as skinny, standing around 5-foot-10 and weighing 130 to 140 pounds.

According to the incident report, one suspect approached a couple sitting in a vehicle outside the store on Oct. 9 and pointed a pistol grip shotgun at them demanding money. He then told the male passenger to go into the store with him. He took the phone from the female driver as she was trying to dial 911.

The other suspect entered the store as the store manager was cleaning up in the office. He held her at gunpoint and demanded she open the safe and give him the money.

Another worker was in the store and became short of breath at the sight of the firearms, so the male customer slowly walked to her aid while being held at gunpoint and placing himself between the woman and the suspect to keep her from the line of fire. He attempted to calm the victim.

At that time the suspect took an unknown amount of money in a Dollar General shopping bag and the two ran out of the front door.

The bloodhound team and investigators arrived on the scene while the victims were being interviewed.

The next day, the victims reported that they saw three people who resembled the robbers and after the father of one of the victims approached the threesome and questioned them, they reported the sighting to law enforcement.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office at 635-4141.