Three men charged with Friday robbery, kidnapping near West Columbia

cwinston@thestate.comApril 1, 2014 

— Two Orangeburg men and a Pelion man have been arrested in connection with a Friday convenience store robbery near West Columbia.

Cody Arringer Johnson, 20, and Kyntorye Cequel Keith, 20, both of 475 Nature Lane, face charges of armed robbery, kidnapping and possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. They are each being held on bond totaling $160,000.

Jaleel Traytwon Miller, 21, of 465-A Bushberry Road, Lot A, Pelion, is charged with armed robbery, kidnapping and possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. The Sheriff’s Department placed a detainer for Miller with the Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Detention Center, where Miller was held Tuesday on unrelated charges.

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies worked with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office and South Carolina Highway Patrol to make the arrests.

A Charleston Highway store was robbed of money and cigarettes at about 9:17 a.m. on Friday at the El Cheapo. Two men are accused of entering the store, holding a female employee against her will at gunpoint, and stealing money from the cash register and seven packs of Newport cigarettes. Another man drove the get-away vehicle.

Shortly after the robbery occurred, state troopers conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 26 in Calhoun County on a motor vehicle in which Johnson, Keith and Miller were riding.

Johnson was detained. Keith and Miller ran away from the motor vehicle. They were found on Big Beaver Creek Highway in Calhoun County.

Detectives recovered the money that was stolen from the store as well as the handgun that the men used in the robbery, according to a press release from the sheriff’s department.

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