Police nab drive through strong-arm robber

  • Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Summerville Police Department officers teamed up and acted swiftly to capture a suspect who robbed a woman at a drive through restaurant on April 2.
A Hanahan woman was sitting at the drive through of the Old Trolley Road Burger King at about 11:10 p.m. when a suspect approached her driver’s side door window from the rear of her vehicle, according to an incident report.
The unknown male ordered the victim to give him money, which she said she didn’t have. The suspect then grabbed the victim by the hand and forcibly removed $150 cash and her Social Security Card from her hand, according to the report.
The suspect then fled on foot into the woods toward Benton’s Lodge Road.
Less than 45 minutes later officers had suspect Ryan Christopher Boyer, 24, of Summerville, in custody. The victim described the suspect as a white male wearing a teal shirt, tan cargo shorts and a white or grey rag on his head, according to the report.
The victim said she was not injured during the strong-arm robbery. She told officers she wishes to press charges.
Several patrol units were dispatched and a perimeter was established. A K-9 with a tracking harness began traveling eastbound in a wooded area along a chain-link fence toward Midland Parkway. Another officer radioed that he thought he heard the suspect in the wooded area behind Planter’s Retreat.
A suspect matching the description was found near Springview Lane and was handcuffed. He was sweaty and had scratches on his legs as if he’d been running through the woods, according to the report. Boyer was taken to the detention center and charged with strong arm robbery.

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