March 10, 2014

Police: Knife-wielding man robs Rock Hill driver with car problems

A Rock Hill man who had car trouble on North Anderson Road said two men helped him move his car into a nearby Pizza Hut parking lot and then robbed him of $150.

A Rock Hill man who had car trouble on North Anderson Road said two men helped him move his car into a nearby Pizza Hut parking lot and then robbed him of $150.

But, the man's girlfriend claims there was no knife, the car was not broken down and the victim was not robbed. Instead, her boyfriend was meeting the alleged victim at the restaurant to buy a bag of marijuana that he kept under his car's hood.

The victim told police he was in the driver's seat of his car at about 5 p.m. Saturday when a man got in the car, showed a knife and demanded money, according to a police report. The victim gave him three $50 bills and the robber left, heading toward I-77. The victim was able to provide license plate information to police. He also said the robber had “numerous sores on his mouth.”

Police tracked down the car to its registered owner at Arborwood Park apartments, the report states. The car owner’s mother told police her daughter was with a friend, who has a boyfriend with sores on his face. Police went to the friend’s home on Stonehenge Drive, off Springdale Road, and spoke with the homeowner, who told authorities her daughter, Brittany Simmers, and her friend, Tara Linthicum, were in the garage.

Police went into the garage and found the bathroom door shut and locked, police documents show. Linthicum, 26, and Simmers, 27, both told police they did not know where authorities could find Bobby Albert Camp, 24, of Charlotte, who they suspected in the armed robbery. Camp, police say, was also wanted on three bench warrants with the York County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers found Camp in the bathroom and arrested him, charging him with armed robbery, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and the three bench warrants. Police arrested Simmers, charging her with hindering police after they say she was aware Camp had active warrants. Linthicum, whose car was involved in the armed robbery, was also arrested and charged with hindering police because she refused to cooperate with authorities in the investigation. While searching the garage, police found a .380 pistol behind a sofa.

Simmers told The Herald that Camp was not hiding in the bathroom, but using it when police knocked at the garage door. She said she received a call last Thursday from the York County Sheriff's Office warning her that if they found her with Camp, wanted for failing to appear in court, she would be charged. She did not have time to call the police between the time she returned home early Sunday and police arrived at the house.

She said Camp never robbed the man at knife-point. Instead, the man gave Camp a bag of weed without demanding payment, she said.

All three suspects were taken to jail, where an officer found more than 3 grams of marijuana in Camp’s wallet. Camp is held at the York County Detention Center on a $363,402.50 bond. Simmers was released from jail Sunday on a $1,092.50 bond. By Monday evening, Linthicum released from jail on a $1,092.50 bond.

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