Aiken man charged in connection with armed robbery, vehicle theft at gas station
An Aiken man was charged Tuesday in connection to the armed robbery of a 37-year-old woman at an East Pine Log Road gas station in Aiken last weekend.
Tony Luther Hill, 50, of the 300 block of Burgess Drive, is charged with armed robbery; domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature; second-degree domestic violence; two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime; domestic violation of protection order; and shoplifting, according to jail records.
Aiken Public Safety officers responded to the BP gas station on East Pine Log Road around 9:40 p.m. on Saturday in reference to an armed robbery and vehicle theft.
Upon arrival, officers met with the victim who claimed she arrived at the gas station and noticed a white male sitting in front of the building.
The victim said she exited her car and the suspect approached her, presented a small black pistol and demanded the keys to her 2002 Chevy Impala; she gave the suspect the car keys and he fled the scene in the vehicle, according to the report.
She told police she “feared for her life” and ran inside the gas station, where she called 911.
Investigators reported they also spoke with the store clerk, who said she saw the suspect sitting in front of the store for most of the evening.
The victim said the suspect also got away with her purse, a cellphone and her pistol, which were all inside her car, the report states.
Around 12:40 a.m. Sunday, officers reported finding the stolen car abandoned in a parking lot on Damon Street at Citizen’s Park. The vehicle was unlocked, but the keys, along with the victim’s purse and pistol, were missing.
On Monday, investigators recovered the stolen pistol after it was sold at the Jeweler’s Loupe in Aiken.
Investigators then determined Hill was connected to the incident and issued warrants out for his arrest.
Around 1:50 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to the intersection of East Pine Log Road and Powderhouse Road after Hill was sited in the area.
Upon arrival, officers reported they had to hold Hill at gunpoint after he approached them with his firearms presented. Hill continued to be non-compliant after he was issued verbal commands to show his hands, and officers finally had to use force to detain him, police reported.
Hill was arrested and taken to the Aiken County detention center, where he is still being held Wednesday afternoon.
Investigators also reported recovering two bags from Hill’s Burgess Drive home, which contained items stolen from the victim.