09-18-2008, 05:53 PM #1
SC - 86 yr old liquor store clerk beaten half to death
This is from the Belton/Honea Path News.
" 86-year-old clerk severely beaten
HONEA PATH -- Police are searching
for a man who violently beat an 86-year-old store clerk Monday morning
during an armed robbery at an ABC store on East Greer Street.
The suspect was a white male, 40-45 years old, standing about six feet tall, according to Police Chief David King. The man had a heavy upper-body build and was wearing a black long-sleeve shirt with ragged sleeves and long-billed black ball cap with an emblem or logo featured on the front.
He also wore white latex gloves.
“He (clerk) was struck numerous times. He was dragged from one part of the building to another looking for money. His money from his pocket was taken. So this was a very violent robbery,” King said.
The incident happened about 11 a.m. at 213 E. Greer Street in the downtown area.
According to the incident report, a suspect came into the business and asked for prices of Crown Royal whiskey,
adding that he was obtaining the prices for someone else.
He then pulled out a “cut off” crow bar and struck the clerk 10-12 times, according to the incident report.
The suspect took money from the
Armed robber hits ABC storeregister and then forced the clerk into the back room, asking where the safe was located.
The clerk told him there was no safe, but the suspect argued with him and began hitting him again. The suspect made the clerk hand over what money he had in his pockets.
The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office’s
forensics team and K-9 dog were called in to assist in the investigation. The dog followed a track from the store to the corner of Laurel and Maryland avenues where the scent ended.
“We think that there may have been an accomplice waiting there in a vehicle,”
said King, who said someone may have seen something and not realized at the time what was happening.
He said surveillance from nearby businesses were also being examined.
The clerk was taken to AnMed Health Medical Center for treatment of blunt-force trauma to the head and neck. A small amount of money was taken from the store.
It was the second violent armed robbery within several months. A store clerk was shot on July 22 during a robbery at the Stop-A-Minit on West Greer Street. *(Note-this is not related to the liquor store robbery, perps arrested in this case)*Anyone with information about the latest incident is asked to call the Honea Path police at 369-0532; email the police
tip line HPPDtipline@yahoo.com or call Crime Stoppers at 231-STOP."
Bold is mine.
Here's a screenshot of the area, the store, and it's relation to the intersection where the dogs lost this guys scent...
This case is important to ME for several reasons, some of which I am not comfortable revealing at the moment but first and foremost an 86 year old man was brutally beaten and nearly killed and that makes my blood boil. And secondly, amongst other things, this just doesn't ring of a typical robbery. This is a town of about 4000 people. Today he is alive and out of the hospital. He's broken up pretty bad but it is believed that he will survive his injuries.
Does anything about what you see here strike you a little odd?
09-18-2008, 11:58 PM #2Registered User
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This is a vicious, disgustig crime that happned to an innocent 86 year old man who was trying to run his business. I'm so sorry for him! The whole thing strikes me as odd because the victim was defenseless.
09-19-2008, 01:02 PM #3Registered User
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Quote from Shutterfly: This case is important to ME for several reasons, some of which I am not comfortable revealing at the moment but first and foremost an 86 year old man was brutally beaten and nearly killed and that makes my blood boil. And secondly, amongst other things, this just doesn't ring of a typical robbery. This is a town of about 4000 people. Today he is alive and out of the hospital. He's broken up pretty bad but it is believed that he will survive his injuries.
Does anything about what you see here strike you a little odd?[/quote]
Hi Shutterfly, this is so appalling. I hope the victim recovers.
All I can think of that strikes me as odd, is that the criminal got as far as he did on foot, and apparently no one noticed? He must have been running (but maybe not?) so it seems as if someone would have seen him. It looks as if there are a few businesses around and someone must have seen him. I shouldn't say this, but I hope they catch him and beat him with a crowbar.
09-19-2008, 08:34 PM #4
Creep! Hurting an elderly man like that. Shutterfly we just had a man in his 80's beaten to a pulp in a restroom here. The same week or so we had a woman that was I think in her late 70's or so raped, and murdered, but not robbed.
I'd like to say I see something weird here, and all that struck me as weird was the gloves. I know the POS didn't want to leave prints, but heck here people just go in and rob and murder people without gloves.
*Weirder though to me is why did the guy not have a vehicle wait for him closer to one of those highways. It looks like there's some big highways that would be a better get-away. Why make the perp run around the block and all the way down it?
I'm sorry about this poor man. I'm glad he's out of the hospital.
09-19-2008, 09:17 PM #5Registered User
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That's true,Filly, the use of latex gloves is weird--most robbers of this kind don't go to the trouble of wearing gloves. It shows some planning. He must be worried about leaving fingerprints--maybe his prints are already in a database somewhere--he has priors.
Also true about the getaway car being around the block! It would have been more convenient for him to jump in a car right there on a main road.
The victim said that he didn't recognize this person as a regular customer. If the car was from out of state, maybe they didn't want to park where they could be seen by a lot of people--and the getaway driver would have just been sitting there. In such a small town, maybe people would have taken special notice of out of state license plates?
This case really gets to me because of the elderly man being hurt by this vicious criminal. What a cowardly act.
09-20-2008, 12:37 AM #6
09-20-2008, 04:14 AM #7
Okay, here's what gets me. And incidently..I live just out of range of the map you're looking at!!! I'm not going to ask questions. If I run across him..ummm...nevermind.
Gloves...but no mask...and he didn't bother to make sure he finished the old guy off? What good do gloves do if the old guy can ID him???? AND he dumped evidence at or in the dumpster at the rear, west corner of the building. HELLOOO....DNA? If this guy was THIS stupid, he would have tripped on the sidewalk on the way out and fell into traffic and died. Problem solved.
If he was parked so far away he couldn't see the building before he walked up on it and actually went inside. How would he know that there weren't ten people in the store? It's a small place, but a busy one.
If I went to the liquor store tomorrow at 11am, and then took a townwide poll, I guarantee you at least five people would come forward and say they saw me there. But we don't know who we're looking for!!!!!
Where is the composite sketch?????
And not a gun..not a bat...not even a nightstick or a knife. And not JUST a crow bar, but a "cut off" crow bar? What kind of weapon is that? Sounds kinda personal and this guy sounds pretty upset. He hung around long enough to inflict this kind of damage, wearing NO mask, when someone could have walked in the door anytime and caught him in the act?!? But he wore gloves..ummm...o k a y?!?
I just wonder if I am SERIOUSLY missing something because NONE of this makes any sense and a lot of us are really, REALLY angry.
09-21-2008, 12:53 PM #8Registered User
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I also was wondering if these could possibly be the escaped inmates from the NM prison that I saw on AMW last night. They are wanted for murder, though, so I doubt they would have left the store owner alive.
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