Little River man charged in robbery attempt with toy gun

troot@thesunnews.comAugust 21, 2013 

Joshua Page Edwards

A Little River man was charged in connection with an armed robbery attempt at a business where the suspect had a toy gun, according to the report.

Joshua Page Edwards, 33, of Little River was charged with armed robbery and booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 6:29 p.m. Sunday, according to jail records. Edwards remained there on $10,000 bond, records showed at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Horry County police were called about 5:15 p.m. Sunday to 1470 U.S. 17 in Little River at the Little River Mini Mall where a 61-year-old employee told police that Edwards came into the business and said he was looking for an anniversary gift, according to the report. The employee said Edwards looked at various items and then went to the cash register to check out.

The employee said Edwards then put a note on the counter, which warned her to be quiet and give him the money and he pulled out a gun, according to the report. The clerk looked at the gun and realized it was a toy and she told him she wasn’t giving him any money.

The employee said Edwards then turned around to leave and said he was joking about the robbery before he ran across U.S. 17, according to the report. Police reviewed video surveillance of the incident and searched the immediate area near the business.

Officers found Edwards, who matched the person seen on the video, walking south on U.S. 17 near Luck Avenue, so police detained him, according to the report. Edwards told police he was a J’s Bar for the last two hours and said the person on the video was his twin brother, who was at the bar.

Officers didn’t find the gun, but did find two notes about the robbery on Edwards, according to the report. The employee identified Edwards as the suspect. Officers took Edwards into custody and presented the case to a magistrate for arrest warrants on Monday.

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