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Captain Adam Myrick, Public Information Officer, 803-785-2415

Two Men Arrested in Convenience Store Robbery

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department detectives on Friday, July 25 arrested a 22-year-old West Columbia man and 17-year-old West Columbia man on charges that the two men robbed a convenience store on Charleston Highway near West Columbia on Friday morning, stealing money and cigarettes from the store. The two men pointed a handgun at a store clerk during the robbery.

Lexington County Sheriff A. Lewis McCarty said detectives arrested Patrick Laron Benn, 22, of 3527 Charleston Highway, West Columbia, and Brad Deshawn Harris, 17, of 3527 Charleston Highway, West Columbia, on arrest warrants on charges of armed robbery and criminal conspiracy. Benn and Harris each were being held on Friday at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting bond hearings.

Arrest warrants allege that at about 3:19 a.m. on Friday Benn and Harris conspired to rob a Kangaroo Express convenience store at 3504 Charleston Highway near West Columbia, McCarty said. Benn and Harris entered the store with bandannas covering their faces, pointed a handgun at the clerk at the store and demanded money and cigarettes. Benn and Harris stole $53 in cash and 10 packs of Newport cigarettes and ran away from the store. Deputies arrested Benn and Harris at their respective homes. Harris regularly bought items at the store.


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