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UPDATE: Second arrest made in deadly armed robbery at Columbia apartment

Raheem Thomas
Raheem Thomas

Police have charged a second man after a deadly armed robbery at a Columbia apartment complex on Feb. 17.

Raheem Thomas was arrested on Sunday and charged with murder and armed robbery, according to the Columbia Police Department. Thomas was found on Prescott Road by Columbia police.

On Feb. 22, Daquan James McCoy, 21, was charged with murder and armed robbery, according to the Columbia Police Department. Columbia officers, Richland County deputies and U.S. Marshals arrested McCoy Tuesday night at the Dollar General on the 1900 block of Bluff Road, where he was found in a car in the parking lot.

Thomas and McCoy went to the Colony Apartments on Bailey Street to rob 30-year-old James Dexter Grant, who died of multiple gunshot wounds to the torso, according to the Richland County Coroner’s Office.

Preliminary information indicates Grant and Thomas went to Bailey Street to sell a car to a resident at the Colony Apartments, according to officials. The shooting and armed robbery happened during the sale.

Both Thomas and McCoy are being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

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