Three charged, one sought, in string of Lexington County convenience store robberies

July 25, 2013 

— Three people face armed robbery charges and a fourth is being sought in connection with recent incidents at several convenience stores, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department announced Thursday.

Rayjon “Savage” Smith, 18, of Bailey Street, Columbia, was arrested Tuesday on charges of armed robbery, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and criminal conspiracy in connection with a June 23 robbery at about 2 a.m. at the Circle K convenience store, 2308 Augusta Road, West Columbia, Sheriff James Metts said. Smith was being held Thursday at the Lexington County Detention Center on $300,000 bail. Officers with the Lexington Police Department, Columbia Police Department and U.S. Marshals Service assisted in the investigation.

Metts and Lexington police chief Terrence Green Thursday arrested Travis Josiah Bromell, 24, of Grand Street, Columbia, on charges of 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. Bromell was charged with Smith in the June 23 Circle K incident, as well as with robberies at about 2 a.m. May 23 at a Pitt Stop convenience store, 3809 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia; one at 3 a.m. July 8 at a Kangaroo Express convenience store, 3950 Augusta Road, West Columbia; and one at about 4 a.m. July 12 at a Murphy Express convenience store, 4873 Augusta Road, Lexington. Bromell was being held Thursday at the Lexington County Detention Center pending a bond hearing.

Arrest warrants were issued for Antwon Jamal “Twain” Brown, 18, of Washington Street, Columbia, on three counts of armed robbery, three counts of possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, three counts of criminal conspiracy and two counts of kidnapping in connection with the June 23, July 8 and July 12 robberies, Metts and Green said.

Anyone with information on Brown should call CrimeStoppers, (888) CRIME-SC.

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