A Rock Hill woman has been arrested after authorities say she helped suspected convenience store robber Phillip Watts Jr. evade police last month.
Stephanie Dawn Storey was arrested last week and charged with accessory after the fact to assault and battery with intent to kill, according to an arrest warrant obtained by The Herald on Monday.
"She helped him avoid arrest," said Capt. Jerry Hoffman of the York County Sheriff's Office.
Storey, 26, of 1842-305 Gingercake Drive twice picked up Watts, 20, and transported him to two different locations on Feb. 18 before he was apprehended, the warrant states. The warrant also states she aided Watts even after being informed by police that he was a wanted man.
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Hoffman said Storey is Watts' friend, but he didn't know the extent of their relationship.
"If the police inform you they have warrants for an arrest, you need to cooperate," Hoffman said. "That really should speak for itself."
Jail officials said Storey was released on a $2,500 bond last week.
Watts eventually was arrested later in the day on Feb. 18 at a Rock Hill apartment around 1:40 p.m.
7 robberies, 4 shot
Once in custody, Watts confessed, police say, to seven robberies in Rock Hill and Fort Mill since October in which a total of four people were shot.
While the four initial holdups were not violent, the final three robberies led to bloodshed. On Jan. 28, police say Watts robbed the Saltwater Seafood Market in Rock Hill and after receiving the cash he demanded, shot the female clerk. A week later, police believe he robbed John Boy's Valero in Fort Mill where the clerk and former Fort Mill Mayor Charlie Powers were shot during the incident.
The last robbery occurred Feb. 14 when authorities say Watts shot a customer at the Cash on the Spot check cashing service on Cherry Road during a robbery attempt.
All four victims survived the attacks.
Watts faces more than two dozen charges related to the crimes and has been denied bond.