Gun discharges during Rock Hill attempted robbery of three teens

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comJanuary 4, 2014 

Kenneth Graham

Two suspects were arrested and officers are searching for a third after an attempted armed robbery in Rock Hill on Thursday, according to Trent Faris, spokesman for the York County Sheriff's Office.

Three 18-year-olds, two from Tega Cay and one from Rock Hill, bought food at the Taco Bell on Cherry Road in Rock Hill, Faris said. They stopped in the parking lot of Muffler Express to eat when one of the suspects approached the car. The suspect's name could not be confirmed Saturday.

He asked the people in the car if he could use one of their phones. When they said no, a second man came over and tapped a gun on the car's window. The gun fired, which the suspects said was accidental, Faris said.

Authorities believe Kenneth Graham, 19, of Rock Hill was the second suspect. The third suspect was a lookout.

The car sped off because the three teenagers were scared, but unharmed, Faris said.

The three suspects ran towards one of the hotels on Cherry Road, and a clerk saw them get into a car and drive away. She got the license plate number of the car, which she gave to the sheriff's office, who traced the car to the first suspect's sister. The sister told deputies how to find her brother.

When he was arrested, the suspect told sheriff's deputies "the entire story," Faris said.

He was no longer at the York County Detention Center on Saturday.

Graham was arrested on Friday evening and charged with criminal conspiracy, discharging a firearm into a vehicle, carjacking and three counts of attempted armed robbery with a deadly weapon. His bond was set at $48,000.

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