Second Rock Hill man charged in 2010 robbery

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comJuly 26, 2013 

— A second Rock Hill man was charged this week in connection with a 3-year-old armed robbery that yielded arrests after the victim herself was arrested on gun charges earlier this month.

Police on Wednesday arrested and charged Antoine “Cheddar Man” Williams, 19, after a witness to the incident came forward and told police she overheard Williams brag about the robbery. He is charged with armed robbery, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and unlawful carrying of a weapon.

Two weeks ago, police arrested Jobarius McCombs at his job in Fort Mill and charged him with the same crime after Donna White, in police custody, identified McCombs as one of three men she claimed robbed her in 2010, according to authorities.

On July 10, 2010, White told police she was walking on Pinkney Street, off Crawford Road, when three men in a white car approached her and got out, according to a Rock Hill Police report.

She identified all three suspects by name, including McCombs, a man she knew as “Cheddar Man” and a third suspect who was a juvenile 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 but did receive a call earlier in reference to gunshots in the area.

No arrests had been made in the case until July 9 this year when police charged White, now 21, 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 after they say she chased a woman on Ellen Avenue with a gun in hand.

Once in custody, White identified McCombs from a photo lineup as one of the men who robbed her three years earlier, a Rock Hill Police report states. Police showed White other suspects in two other lineups, but she said she did not recognize anyone else.

Police arrested McCombs, 20, at his workplace and charged him with armed robbery, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and unlawfully carrying a weapon.

The next day, McCombs’ friend and mother of his child, Dianna Able, told police that Williams was the man who robbed White. She said she was nearby when the robbery occurred, and overheard Williams brag about the robbery, according to police documents.

She said White went to McCombs’ mother’s house, reports show, and claimed that she knew “Cheddar Man” robbed her but she intended to cast blame on McCombs.

On July 11, police met with White in jail and she identified Williams as the man who held the gun to her head while robbing her, police say. A detective told Williams that, based on witness statements, it’s possible McCombs was only in the area during the robbery, but was not actually part of it.

White was “emphatic” that McCombs got out of the car with Williams, police said.

Police issued warrants on Williams and took him into custody on Wednesday. Charges against McCombs are pending, but he has since been released from jail on a $60,000 bond.

Mark Bollinger, executive officer with Rock Hill Police, was unable to say if police were specifically looking at the possibility that McCombs might not be involved with the robbery, although he said police generally investigate those kinds of claims if they are made.

Bollinger said that interviews with other witnesses led police to determine that the third suspect, a 16-year-old boy, was not involved in the 2010 robbery.

Able on Friday said she was speaking with McCombs over the phone when gunshots from the robbery went off three years ago.

“(McCombs) thought they were going to rob him,” she said. “He was walking home from the store” when bullets started flying and ran to a friend’s house.

Able said she told police that she overheard Williams brag about fighting with White. In the scuffle, “someone got hit with a pole,” she said.

On Friday, White was being held at the York County Detention Center on a $80,000 bond. Williams was being held on a $90,000 bond.

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