UPDATE: Man named as suspect in 2 Aiken armed robberies

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email
Ray Charles Smalls Jr. (WRDW-TV)

Ray Charles Smalls Jr. (WRDW-TV)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) -- The man accused in an armed robbery at a liquor store has now been named a suspect in an armed robbery at the Four Seasons parking lot on Sunday night.

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office says 35-year-old Ray Charles Smalls Jr. got into the victim's car, told him he had a weapon and demanded money. Investigators say the victim offered to drive Smalls somewhere instead because he did not have any money. The victim drove for a short amount of time before stopping and trying to escape, which is when Smalls allegedly stabbed the victim in the hand before fleeing on foot.

The victim's injuries are not said to be life threatening.

Smalls is charged with armed robbery, kidnapping and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) -- A man has been arrested in connection to the attempted armed robbery at a liquor store on Whiskey Road.

The incident happened on Monday at the A+ Package Store around 6:30 p.m.

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office says the suspect "gave the impression he had a weapon" and demanded money before fleeing on foot.

Later that night, dispatch received a call from a person on Valley Drive who said they were the victim of a strong-arm robbery and described a similar suspect .

Deputies were able to track down 35-year-old Ray Charles Smalls Jr. later that day.

Smalls is expected to be charged with strong-arm robbery.

The New Ellenton Police Department, the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the Aiken Department of Public Safety and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division helped in the investigation.

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