GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Two teens are facing charges after a car was stolen from a woman at gunpoint in Spartanburg before armed robberies in Greenville.
Police say a 15-year-old has been charged with two counts of armed robbery, kidnapping, possession of a stolen vehicle, two counts of possession of a weapon used in a violent crime, unlawful carrying, discharging in a city and possession of a handgun by a minor.
A second suspect was arrested Thursday night in Spartanburg. Police say 17-year-old Demarieia Collins is charged with armed robbery, kidnapping, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a weapon used in a violent crime.
Officers searched Thursday afternoon for suspects who fled from a Marathon Gas Station at the intersection of Woodruff Road and Highway 14.
The pursuit followed two armed robberies that occurred back-to-back in the city.
Greenville police say a woman was robbed at gunpoint in the Dillard’s parking garage at Haywood Mall.
Sgt. Johnathan Bragg told 7 News the woman fought to keep her purse and was pulled into the suspect’s vehicle before she was let back out, prompting the kidnapping charge.
Soon after that robbery, a second woman was robbed at the Parkside at Verdae apartments on Woodruff Road.
Police say a shot was fired during the robbery.
The S.C. Highway Patrol spotted the Dodge Magnum the suspects were in.
Spartanburg police confirmed the car was the same vehicle stolen around 7 p.m. Wednesday at Crescent Hills apartments. A woman said she was warming up her car when three men stole it at gunpoint.
Highway Patrol stopped the stolen vehicle and arrested the 15-year-old while other suspects fled on foot, prompting a manhunt.
The Greenville Police Department, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, the S.C. Highway Patrol and SLED assisted in the investigation.