A Rock Hill store owner locked a would-be robber inside his store Saturday, and now the suspect faces at least one charge after police said he stole lottery tickets and a Barack Obama T-shirt.
Authorities charged Jerome Anderson, 53, of 719 Crawford Road with armed robbery in connection with the robbery that happened at BM Food Mart at 458 S. Wilson St. near downtown Rock Hill, said Rock Hill police Lt. Joe Johnson.
Other charges could be pending, Johnson said.
The man, later identified as Anderson, came into the convenience store about a half-hour before the robbery, spoke in a foreign language and watched the store owner, the owner said.
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Just after 4:30 p.m., the man returned to the store to cash a lottery ticket, the owner said.
"I told him I couldn't cash it," said the owner, who asked not to be identified. "He came around the counter and hit me in the chest."
Six customers were in the store during the robbery, the owner said.
"He looked like he had a gun," the owner said. "Everybody ran from the store. He pushed me and started pulling lottery tickets. I ran out and locked the door."
The man took 29 lottery tickets and an Obama T-shirt, the owner said.
No cash was taken, police said.
Anderson's criminal history reflects multiple charges including resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and assault and battery, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.
Hours after the robbery, the store owner was grateful that no one was hurt.
"In my original country, in Africa, we don't see crime like this," he said.
Saturday's robbery marks the first time the South Wilson Street convenience store has been robbed, the owner said. The robbery won't force him to close or move his store, he said.
"I will stay," he said.
A judge on Saturday night set Anderson's bond at $100,000, according to police. He remained in custody at York County Detention.