Police arrest alleged gang members connected to string of West Columbia robberies

July 25, 2013 

— Police have arrested two Columbia men, a 16-year-old Columbia teenager and obtained an arrest warrant for an 18-year-old Columbia man all in connection with West Columbia robberies.

All four are members of the Bloods gang, according to a Lexington County Sheriff’s Department news release.

The robberies occurred between May 23 and July 12 at 24-hour convenience stores on Augusta Road and Sunset Boulevard.

In each instance, the robbers wore masks to conceal their identities, the release said. They forced clerks to open cash registers, stole money, tobacco products and beer before driving off, the release said.

Officers from several law enforcement agencies worked together and arrested 18-year-old Rayjon “Savage” Smith, after receiving a CrimeStoppers tip concerning his whereabouts.

He was charged with armed robbery, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and criminal conspiracy in connection with a 2 a.m. robbery on Augusta Road. Smith was being held on $300,000 bond.

Detectives served Travis Josiah Bromell, 24, with arrest warrants on four counts of armed robbery, four counts of possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, four counts of criminal conspiracy and two counts of kidnapping. Brommel was charged with four different robberies.

He was being held on Thursday at the Lexington County Detention Center and is scheduled to appear in court at 3 p.m. on Thursday for a bond hearing.

Officers also took custody of the 16-year-old boy in connection with the robberies. He was being held on Thursday at the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice pre-trial detention facility, the release said.

Cassie Cope

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