Teens targeted white people in crime spree, says sheriff’s department
Two teens have been arrested and charged for an alleged spree of thefts, kidnapping and robberies in the Columbia area. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department held a press conference Thursday to announce the arrests.
The suspects stated that they did not like white people and that they were only going to target white people. The crimes were racially-motivated, said Sheriff Leon Lott, at the press conference.
Raquan Green, 17, and a 15-year-old are accused a string of armed robberies, carjackings and kidnappings that stretched from July 3-26, the department said. Green is at the Glenn Detention Center with a $40,000 bond.
PHOTO: Twenty-year-old Jordan Dinsmore, a Midlands Tech student, escaped carjackers by jumping out of her car. That incident took place around 1 a.m. Wednesday. The crimes took place in the vicinity of a student apartment complex near Williams-Brice Stadium. She is pictured with Sheriff Leon Lott.
“There have been seven separate incidents of armed robberies, some to include carjacking and kidnapping along the Bluff/Shop road corridor,” according to a statement from the sheriff’s department. “Investigators discovered that the suspects began targeting delivery drivers by committing armed robberies. The crimes then escalated to carjacking and kidnapping victims.”
When the suspects found out that one of their targets was black, they apologized to her and let her go, Lott said.
The incidents took place late at night when students were moving into housing or leaving their apartments in the area, and delivery drivers were out the sheriff’s department. The suspects took cash, cell phones and various electronics.
The alleged incidents include:
July 3 at 11:30 p.m. — a delivery driver from China Wing Basket robbed at gunpoint on the 100 block of Aster Circle.
July 15 at 7:50 p.m. — a delivery driver from Teapot Chinese Restaurant was robbed at gunpoint at 1051 Southern, the Village at Columbia Apartments.
July 17 at 7:13 p.m. — a delivery driver was robbed and assaulted at 1612 Bentley Court.
July 19 at 11:40 p.m. — a delivery driver was kidnapped and abducted at the Village at Columbia Apartments.
July 25 at 1:30 a.m. — the victim was kidnapped and abducted at 112 Silo Court, Stadium Suites.
July 25 at 2 a.m. — the victim was robbed, carjacked and kidnapped at Stadium Suites.
July 26 at 1:15 a.m. — the victim was robbed and kidnapped at the Village at Columbia Apartments.