Teen charged in Five Points robbery

cwinston@thestate.comNovember 1, 2013 

— A 19-year-old man has been charged in last week’s Five Points robbery investigation.

Paul Antonio Coleman was charged with two counts of strong arm robbery, according to a release from the Columbia Police Department. Coleman was out on bond on a robbery charge from Mecklenburg County, N.C.

Two victims told the CPD they were walking in an alley shortly before 3:30 a.m. Oct. 26 when a suspect demanded their belongings at the 700 block of Saluda Avenue. Coleman is accused of taking a small amount of cash and a smart phone.

Another robbery from 1 a.m. Oct. 27 is still under investigation. In that incident, a victim told CPD he was walking alone near 2300 Greene Street when he was approached by two suspects demanding his belongings. A small amount of cash and a smart phone were taken. CPD investigators continue to consider if the incidents are connected.

Police are still seeking identification on four remaining persons of interest regarding these ongoing investigations.

Interim Chief Ruben Santiago said residents with information about these incidents to call, text or submit online, their anonymous tip to Crimestoppers by phone (888-CRIME-SC), text (CRIMES to 274637 and start with TIPSC), or online (www.midlandscrimestoppers.com).

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