Man forced to strip by armed suspect

ccope@thestate.comJanuary 18, 2014 

— A man was forced to strip in early morning near-freezing temperatures by a suspect with a handgun Saturday morning at Tony’s Lounge in Eastover, according to Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

The suspect forced the man to take off his clothes at the Congaree Road club at around 6 a.m., then forced him into the victim’s car, said Sgt. Curtis Wilson, spokesman for the department. The suspect got into the vehicle with the victim, and the car took off. Friends of the victim saw the incident and followed the vehicle, Wilson said.

The suspect fired shots at the pursuing vehicle, but no one was injured, he said.

The suspect then forced the victim out of the vehicle, and deputies gave chase for a short time, Wilson said. The chase ended at a dead-end road when the suspect jumped out and fled on foot before being caught.

Zachary Jenkins, 23, was charged with armed robbery, kidnapping, carjacking and failure to stop for police, Wilson said.

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