A man accused of going on a two-county robbery and assault crime spree Wednesday was arrested.
Richland County deputies have charged Jerome C. Bartley with armed robbery, strong-arm robbery, burglary and three counts of assault and battery. The 25-year-old is also expected to be charged with attempted murder, strong-arm robbery, grand larceny, first-degree assault and two counts each of armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in Lexington County. The charges come after a 1-hour-and-15-minute crime spree Wednesday along the Richland-Lexington County line in the St. Andrews area.
Around 9:15 a.m., deputies said, the suspect is accused of stealing a potato chip truck parked at the Gaz Bah gas station at 800 St. Andrews Road. After that, he parked the truck at a nearby shopping center and is accused of robbing a Tripp’s Fine Cleaners.
Then, deputies said, the suspect ran across St. Andrews Road, tried to steal a man’s car at a Tire Kingdom auto shop and cut his neck with a box cutter. The victim was transported to Palmetto Health Richland; his condition was not known late Wednesday.
The suspect then ran back across St. Andrews Road to a Hess gas station, where deputies say he assaulted a woman and took her Chevrolet pickup truck. The truck was driven to Raintree Apartments on Fernandina Road, where it was recovered.
A short time later, the suspect was spotted at a house on Juneau Road. There, he’s accused of breaking into an 84-year-old woman’s home, assaulting her and stealing jewelry and a pair of slippers. A female 79-year-old neighbor tried to come to the woman’s aid but was punched in the face, deputies said. Both women suffered serious injuries and are being treated at Palmetto Health Richland.
Lexington County deputies arrested Bartley shortly after the Juneau Road incident, after he was spotted walking on St. Andrews Road.
He was being held Wednesday at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
There was no known motive for Wednesday’s crime spree, and an investigation is continuing.