ROCK HILL — A Rock Hill man and his house-guest wound up in a struggle, falling over furniture and wrestling for control of a money clip after the suspect tried snatching money from the victim’s hands on Wednesday, police say. He later asked police if they would drop the charges if he returned the stolen money.
Police were sent to a Sanborn Street, off Eastwood Drive, home at about 3:50 p.m. when a man, 28, reported that he had been robbed of $165, according to a Rock Hill police report. The victim told police he invited several people over to his house. When he pulled out a clip with his cash and credit cards, Demitrius Black, 24, tried snatching it from his hands, the report states.
The victim and Black wound up in a struggle over the clip, the report states, knocking over furniture in the process. Black eventually overpowered the victim and left the house with the clip, cash and credit cards. While outside, Black removed the cash but threw the clip and the victim’s credit cards to the ground before he jumped into a black SUV with another man and left.
The victim managed to identify the third man, who police tracked down at his Carolina Avenue Extension home. The man told police that Black was not inside the house though officers spotted the two men go into the home. The homeowner gave police permission to search the house. Officers found Black in a side bedroom. Black denied taking any money from teh victim, but later told authorities that the victim owed him money and put the cash in his hand, the report states.
When officers told Black they saw the clip and credit cards on the ground outside the victim’s home, and also saw the furniture disheveled from their dispute, Black an officer if charges would be dropped if he gave the victim back his money. The answer was no as police arrested Black, charging him with strong arm robbery. Police found the cash and returned it to the victim.