LEXINGTON, SC — A 19-year-old Bloods gang member has been arrested in connection with four armed robberies in the Lexington and West Columbia communities since May 23, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department announced Sunday.
Dontrell Dwayne Sharperson, of 279 Stacey Bridge Road in Orangeburg, is charged with four counts of armed robbery, three counts of possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and two counts of kidnapping, said Sheriff Jimmy Metts.
Sharperson’s bond has been set at $950,000 and he is being held at the Lexington County jail, Metts said.
Gang members are increasingly in the news lately in the Midlands. On Friday, an Irmo man, Calvin “Kebo” Hall, 42, was convicted by a federal jury in Columbia on various drug, robbery and abetting prostitution of minors charges.
Hall was one of three dozen Bloods gang members arrested in a roundup last summer by FBI and local authorities. Hall was the only one to ask for a jury trial; the others have all pleaded guilty to various felony crimes and face long prison stints.
Three other people were arrested earlier in the robberies Sharperson is accused of participating in: a Columbia boy, 16; Rayjon “Savage” Smith, 18, of 2202 Bailey St., Columbia; and Travis Josiah Bromell, 24, of 3818 Grand St. Columbia.
Smith is being held under $300,000 bond; Brommell’s bond was set at $1.05 million. The boy, Bromell and Smith are all Bloods gang members, Metts said.
Metts said the robberies followed a pattern: wearing masks, the robbers ran into the stores, forced clerks to open registers and made off with money, tobacco products and beer.
The robbers targeted 24 hour a day convenience stores on Augusta Road and Sunset Boulevard in the Lexington and West Columbia communities, he said.
Joining Metts in announcing Sharperson’s arrest was Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green.
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