Suspect charged in armed robbery, stolen vehicle case in Warrenville
A Warrenville man was charged Thursday in connection with an armed robbery on Ruby Street and a separate incident involving a stolen vehicle on Whaley Street in August.
Michael Dewayne Reece, 30, is charged with armed robbery, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and grand larceny more than $2,000 but less than $10,000, according to jail records.
Aiken County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a hardware store in Warrenville around 1:30 p.m. Thursday to meet with a 38-year-old man who claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint at a residence on Ruby Street, according to the report.
The victim told deputies he had driven to the Ruby Street residence to give money to the woman who lived there because she had helped him with some work, the report states.
After arriving at the home, the suspect came up, pointed a shotgun at him and forced him to empty his pockets – taking his phone, $40 in cash and the keys to his truck, according to the report.
The suspect then told the victim to leave, and he ran from the scene on foot, the report states.
Investigators went to the residence to speak with the woman who lived there and she claimed the victim showed up uninvited, refusing to leave when asked, police reported.
She claimed to be inside when the incident occurred between the suspect and the victim. She told deputies she heard the victim’s truck start up and when she went to look everyone was gone, police reported.
Investigators discovered the truck taken by the suspect did not belong to the victim, but he did have permission to use it at the time the incident occurred.
The stolen vehicle charge stems from an Aug. 16 incident when deputies responded to the 100 block of Whaley Street in Warrenville and met with a 46-year-old woman who claimed her vehicle had been stolen, according to a separate report.
The victim said the suspect was brought to her home by her roommate to sleep on the couch for the night, the report states.
She said the suspect woke up and asked for a ride, to which she agreed but asked him to wait 30 minutes; when she came out of her room, the suspect was gone, along with her car keys and her car, police reported.
Following an investigation into both incidents, Reece was arrested Thursday and taken to the Aiken County detention center, where he was still being held Friday afternoon.