Tuesday, December 10, 2013
A recent incident at a local nightclub has prompted Williamsburg County Sheriff Michael Johnson to issue an advisory to the citizens. "Violent crimes happen more often this time of year because of the holidays," said Johnson. "Be cautious and report anything that looks suspicious by dialing 911." The advice stems from a December 4, armed robbery at Club Jetaway on Longstreet Street in Kingstree.
According to a Williamsburg County Incident Report, after a man was refused admission when he would not pay a cover charge he pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the person who refused him. At that point, the victim said the gunman tried to gain access to the cash register and the pair became engaged in a tussle. The suspect reportedly retrieved the money from the register before a second witness intervened. The two men wrestled and ended up outside the club where the second man reportedly took the weapon from the suspect. The suspect is then said to have fled on foot. The report states that the man handed over the gun to the owner of the club then left.
None of the witnesses could identify the suspect or the man who intervened on behalf of the victim. The suspect is described as a 5'7" dark-skinned, slim male wearing a green hoddie. Anyone who has information pertaining to this or other crimes is asked to call Williamsburg County Sheriff's Office at (843) 355-6381. Incidents within the city limits can be reported to the Kingstree Police Department by calling (843) 355-5435. Callers may remain anonymous.