Two men arrested moments after armed robbery; one still on the loose

From left to right: Dondre Givens, 23, and Tyrone Stevenson, 22

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (NEWS RELEASE) —  Two Orangeburg armed men went from would-be robbers to having bond denied in less than 20 hours this week.

Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said the duo were apprehended only moments after an armed robbery was reported.

“Our deputies arrived on scene within seconds,” the sheriff said. “After gunfire and a foot chase, the deputies were able to arrest two subjects not far from the apartment where they went in armed with a rifle and handgun.”

Tyrone Stevenson, 22, and Dondre Givens, 23, were both charged with first-degree burglary and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

The two men appeared before Orangeburg County Magistrate Peggy Doremus during a hearing on Wednesday. Doremus denied bond on the pair.

The initial call came out just before 10 p.m. on Tuesday. A woman told 911 operators an armed robbery was in progress at a Campus Corner apartment.

According to the incident report, OCSO deputies were in the area when the call came out. When they arrived, one radioed to the others that gunfire was heard coming from an apartment where a man then peeped out.

When commands were given for anyone inside to come out, three males fled on foot. Two were caught almost immediately. Units with the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety and South Carolina State University were also dispatched to the area to search for the armed men.

“Two weapons were recovered from the subjects, a .45 handgun and an assault-type rifle,” Ravenell said. “These are the type of weapons we’re taking off of our streets.”

The handgun was determined to have been stolen out of Dorchester County.

Anyone with information on a third suspect is asked to contact the OCSO at 803-534-3550 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Inv. Marty Carrigg is leading the ongoing investigation.

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