Man charged in 3-year-old Rock Hill armed robbery

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comJuly 11, 2013 

Three years to the day after a Rock Hill woman told police three men put a gun to her head and stole her money, authorities arrested one man in connection with the incident. A day earlier, the victim herself was arrested on gun charges, police say.

On July 10, 2010, Donna Marie White, then 18, told police she was walking on Pinkney Street, near Crawford Road, when three men in a white car approached her, according to a Rock Hill police report.

She was able to identify all three suspects, including Jobaris McCombs, who was 17 at the time.

One of the suspects, she told police, placed a handgun to her head and demanded money, the report states. White said the men took her cell phone, two silver chains and $200 cash. They then fired several shots in her direction when she tried to run away.

Police could not find any shell casings in the area but did receive a call earlier in reference to gunshots going off in the area.

This week, new evidence emerged that allowed police to issue warrants on McCombs, said Lt. Brad Redfearn of the Rock Hill Police Department. Police do not comment on evidence in a pending investigation.

Police arrested McCombs, now 20, on Wednesday, charging him with armed robbery, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and unlawfully carrying a weapon. He was being held Thursday at the York County Detention Center.

Police on Tuesday arrested White, now 21, after a witness reported that White chased another woman down Ellen Avenue while holding a gun, according to another Rock Hill police report. Police learned that White had gotten into a silver Chrysler convertible, and the caller gave authorities White’s physical and clothing description.

Police found her walking between Bose Avenue and McDow Drive with a man, 19. An officer stopped them and detained White until another officer brought the witness to the scene, who identified White as the woman with the gun, which police discovered was stolen from North Carolina.

Police charged White with two counts of possession of a stolen pistol, one count of pointing and presenting a firearm and one count of unlawfully carrying a weapon. She was being held Thursday at the York County Detention Center on a $80,000 bond.

Police do not believe the incidents are related, Redfearn said.

The incidents don’t involve the same people, he said, “except for her.”

Jonathan McFadden •  803-329-4082

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