Employee killed in Sears robbery, both suspects in custody

Jason K. Randolph (murder suspect left) - Duaine Hamilton (victim right)
Jason K. Randolph (murder suspect left) - Duaine Hamilton (victim right)

RICHLAND Co., SC (WSPA) – Two suspects are in custody after an 81-year-old was shoved and killed during a robbery at Sears, according to the Richland Co. Sheriff’s Office.

Jeffrey Alan Simmons
Jason K. Randolph and Jeffrey Alan Simmons have been charged with murder. Simmons is also charged with strong armed robbery.

Simmons was arrested on August 25 while Randolph was captured in Columbia on August 30 thanks to tips from the public.

Deputies say the murder and robbery happened on August 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Sears Department Store on Two Notch Road in the Columbia Place mall.

Randolph and Simmons tried to steal two 49″ TV’s.

Duaine Hamilton, 81, can be seen trying to stop them by chasing behind them on surveillance video.

When the suspects got the elevator, they pushed Hamilton causing him to hit his head, according to the report.

The men were able to steal one of the TVs and ran.

Hamilton was taken to the hospital where he died.

The sheriff’s office says Hamilton was a Sears employee for 13 years and was married to his wife for 60 years and had six children.

The Sheriff was offering a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest of Randolph.