Columbia police arrest suspected box-cutter armed robber

February 28, 2014 

Deon McNeal

Deon McNeal


— A traffic stop on Garners Ferry Road has led to the arrest of a man suspected in a series of Rosewood Drive-area armed robberies.

Deon McNeal, 45, was charged with five counts of armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime between Feb. 18 and 22, interim Columbia Police Chief Ruben Santiago said in a news release Friday.

The crime spree, which was characterized by the use of a box cutter to threaten victims, started shortly after 9 p.m. at Little Caesar’s Pizza, at 4440 Rosewood Drive, on Feb. 19.

Shortly after midnight Feb. 19, the Pop’s Convenience store at 4805 Garners Ferry Road was held up; the employee was threatened with a box cutter.

The spree continued Feb. 20, shortly after 10 p.m. at the Exxon convenience store at 3720 Rosewood Drive, then around 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at The Dollar Tree at 2001 Rosewood Drive, then again two hours later at the Circle K convenience store at 6122 Garners Ferry Road.

The victims’ descriptions of the suspect and the car he drove led to McNeal’s arrest during the Garner’s Ferry Road traffic stop this week, Santiago said.

– Rachael Myers Lowe

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