74-year-old man held at gunpoint, suspect steals car in Orangeburg County

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) — An Orangeburg County teenager is charged with armed robbery after stealing a man’s car at gunpoint.

The 15-year-old male, who’s identity has has not been released due to age,  was taken into custody after an all-day search immediately following the robbery on Thursday, May 19.

“We put teams on this immediately canvassing the Springfield area looking for this man’s car and the suspect,” the sheriff said. “Not long into the investigation, information was provided as to the subject’s name.”

The teen was spotted along Highway 3 in Barnwell County by Barnwell County Sheriff’s Deputies.

Authorities say he will now go before a Family Court judge for a detention hearing.

Orangeburg County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home on Skyland Drive just before 11 a.m. after a 74-year-old man reported being held at gunpoint while a suspect demanded his car keys.

Deputies found the victim and told authorities the suspect threatened to kill him if he didn’t give him the car keys. The victim said he told the teen, armed with a rifle, the keys were in the car and pleaded with him not to kill him, according to a news release.

Investigators learned the teen drove to Barnwell County where he was crashed the car after missing a curve.

Barnwell County tracking teams searched the wooded area around the crash site extensively for about six hours before finding the teenager just after 8 p.m.

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