Aiken armed robbery suspects caught after leading officers on chase

By: Sheli Muniz Email
By: Sheli Muniz Email
18-year-old Brandon Marsalis Wilson and 21-year-old Carl Donte Johnson suspected in 2 armed robberies, fleeing from police. (WRDW-TV, July 7, 2012)

18-year-old Brandon Marsalis Wilson and 21-year-old Carl Donte Johnson suspected in 2 armed robberies, fleeing from police. (WRDW-TV, July 7, 2012)

July 7, 2012

AIKEN, S.C-- Two Aiken men are in jail accused of robbing two stores early Saturday morning.

Aiken Dept. of Public Safety Officers have identified the suspects as 21-year-old Carl Donte Johnson and 18-year-old Brandon Marsalis Wilson.

Officers say the first armed robbery happened around 2:47 Saturday at the Kangaroo Express off of the 700 block of Silver Bluff Road.

An hour later, another Kangaroo Express, this one on the 3400 block of Richland Avenue West, reported an armed robbery.

According to the release, shortly after the second armed robbery was reported, an Aiken County Sheriff’s Office Deputy spotted a 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser traveling southbound on Hitchcock Parkway (SC-118) which matched the description of the suspect vehicle seen leaving the scene of the Silver Bluff Road incident.

Officers say the men led them on a chase down SC-HWY 125 and into Jackson before crashing the Savannah River Site barricade outside of Jackson.

The suspects continued to flee from officers as they entered the Savannah River Site, according to officers. The vehicle eventually stopped.

Wilson stayed in the car and was taken into custody; Johnson was arrested following a brief foot chase.

Both suspects will be charged with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Johnson has also been charged with failure to stop for blue lights and siren.

Both suspects are being held at the Aiken County Detention Center.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson Police Department, USC-Aiken Public Safety and the Savannah River Site Law Enforcement Division assisted in the armed robbery investigations and apprehension of the suspects.


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