Two Conway men charged in store robbery, 5-year-old boy was in car with them

troot@thesunnews.comMarch 28, 2014 

Two Conway men were jailed Thursday on charges related to convenience store robbery, according to police who said the men had a 5-year-old boy with them when they were arrested soon after the robbery.

Kelvin Claude Williams and Marcus Allen Smith, both 23, were each charged with two counts of armed robbery and one count of unlawful neglect of a child, according to records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Williams also is charged with kidnapping.

The arrests came after officers were called about 6 a.m. Thursday to the Scotchman convenience store at 510 S.C. 544 near Conway for a reported robbery, police said. Other officers in the area had stopped a vehicle and detained Williams and Smith.

Police learned the store employee was robbed at gunpoint and the robber took the entire cash drawer and fled.

Officers watched surveillance video and saw a man wearing a mask come into the store with a gun and rob the clerk.

While police were questioning them, Williams told police that the boy was in the car and there was a toy gun near him, according to the report.

Police searched the vehicle and found the boy sleeping in the backseat and also the gun and clothing, which matched the description given by the store clerk.

Smith denied being involved in the incident and gave police his cellphone to prove it, but when officers checked it they found text messages between the men about “hit 2 stores,” according to the report. A woman was called to the scene and the boy was released to her custody.

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