Woman held at gunpoint, forced to withdraw money
On Nov. 29, Summerville Police were dispatched to Chili’s Restaurant on Dorchester Road to meet with North Charleston Police and the victim of an armed robbery that occurred at the South Carolina Federal Credit Union.
The victim told police that when she left Walmart, and walked to her car which was parked near the home and pharmacy entrance, a white male jumped in her passenger seat and yelled at her to get in the vehicle and close the door.
The victim said she was hesitant and stalled until the man pointed a medium sized handgun at her.
She said he kept the gun low at his waist and pointed at her the entire time.
He demanded she give him a ride. When she asked “where?” he told her “somewhere on Dorchester Road.”
She told police she left the parking lot and turned towards Dorchester Road. The man demanded $500 and she told him she didn’t have that much.
The man told her to give him all the money she had.
He made her pull into Walgreen’s parking lot at the corner of Dorchester and Ladson roads to look in her purse for money. When the man saw all she had was $10 he demanded she drive him to an ATM. She drove across the street to the South Carolina Federal Credit Union and stopped at the ATM. She told him she didn’t have much and only withdrew $360. She said the man settled for that amount.
She said her phone rang and she answered using the Bluetooth on the steering wheel. It was her boyfriend and the man attempted to disconnect the call by pressing the buttons on the wheel. The woman said it took her a few times to get her ATM to work and she was there along time. The man attempted to cover his face while at the ATM. She gave the man the money and he told her to drive towards Walmart. She said she pulled out onto Dorchester Road and made a left turn toward Walmart. He then made her make a U-turn and jumped out of the vehicle near the chain link fence by Chili’s.
The victim said she sped off and pulled into the gas station by Wendy’s and called 911.
Using video surveillance from Walmart, police were able to see the victim and the man who robbed her. The man followed the victim while she was in the store shopping and then out to her car entering the passenger side of her vehicle.
North Charleston police conducted a K-9 track with negative results. North Charleston is conducting a kidnapping investigation for the incident and Summerville Police are conducting a robbery investigation.