ROCK HILL — A teenage boy told police that he feared for his life early Saturday when two Rock Hill men allegedly beat him, held him at gunpoint and stole his wallet, money and iPhone at an apartment complex.
Now, Max Colton Edwards, 21, and Robert Hawkesworth, 18 who were already in police custody for public intoxication face armed robbery, criminal conspiracy and other charges after the 16-year-old identified them in a photo line-up while reporting his assault.
At about 3 a.m., the boy told police that Hawkesworth and Edwards confronted him while he was leaving a Paces River apartment and told him to empty his pockets.
When he hesitated, the two men began hitting him in the face, he said, and stomped on him as he fell to the ground, police say. Hawkesworth held a gun to the boys face while Edwards continued hitting him, said Rock Hill Police Executive Officer Mark Bollinger. The boy threw down his wallet and managed to slip out of his shirt and run away.
By the time the boy reported his attack, police already had Hawkesworth and Edwards in custody after breaking up an underage drinking party at the complex and citing both men for public intoxication two hours earlier.
Two 16-year-old girls who were at the complex were released to their parents, the report states. Another girl, 17, admitted to underage drinking and was released to her father.
While at the police station, the robbery victim identified Hawkesworth and Edwards in a photo lineup after noticing that another officer had one of their IDs, documents show.
Hawkesworth, of Rock Hill, is charged with: armed robbery, two counts of criminal conspiracy, petty larceny, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and obtaining a signature by false pretenses, according to York County Detention Center booking information. He is held on a $80,000 bond.
Edwards, of Fort Mill, is charged with armed robbery, criminal conspiracy and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, booking information shows, and also held on a $80,000 bond.