News 12 11pm / Friday, April 18, 2014
Augusta, Ga. (WRDW) -- The Aiken County Sheriff's Office has released the names of the three suspects arrested in Friday's armed robbery.
Marquan Ryans, Jallen Hightower, and Shacorien Williams have all been charged with armed robbery, kidnapping, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. All three were denied bond.
They're accused of holding up the B & B Loan Company, and taking money that belonged to the clerk.
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A loan office is held at gunpoint, as a pair of robbers make their demands. In a matter of days six Aiken County businesses have been hit, almost all of them either a bank or loan company. Investigators are not ready to say they are all related, but they do recognize a pattern.
"We don't want to see anyone harmed during these incidents," is the message Sgt. Jason Feemster with the Aiken County Sheriff's Office is sending after six Aiken County businesses have been held up in a matter of days.
"Two black males walked into the business demanding money. One was carrying a hand gun at the time of the incident," he told News 12.
The B&B loan company is the latest one to be hit. While the store lost nothing, investigators say a crime still took place.
"They did walk off with money that belonged to the clerk, not to the business," the Sgt. told News 12.
No one is hurt, and deputies are still looking for the criminals. On the scene, investigators gathered tips that led them to a car on Highway 302.
"At this moment we have three individuals detained, and it's still an ongoing investigation," Feemster told News 12.
No word yet if the men have been charged with any crimes, but we do know the first robbery was in North Augusta at the Title Max on East Martintown Rd. That brought the total up to 6 after Friday's theft in Wagener. All of the stand ups were either a bank or loan office with the exception of Todd's Shop and Go in New Ellenton.
"We are still early in the investigation. We'll go through the process," he said.
The Aiken County Sheriff's Office isn't ready to link all the crimes yet, but they do see a pattern in locations and get away methods. However, multiple agencies still have to meet before that decision is made.
"We will get with other law enforcement agencies in the area and we will all talk together and determine what all this means, and we'll see how the investigation goes. Hopefully the latest investigation will lead to some further information for us," Sgt. Feemster told News 12.
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