Police link Indian Land purse snatcher to Columbia robbery

06/03/2014 4:11 PM

06/03/2014 4:29 PM

One of two men accused of snatching away a woman’s purse and then dragging her across a parking lot when she refused to let it go in Richland County is also a suspect in a series of purse snatchings reported last month in Indian Land, deputies say.

Charles Jeffrey Williams, 40, of Lexington has been charged with three counts of armed robbery in connection with the three incidents reported outside Indian Land grocery stores, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s news release issued Tuesday. He is currently held in Richland County, where authorities say he and Ronald Horace Brigmon, 27, grabbed a 62-year-old woman’s purse outside the Walmart on Killian Road in Columbia on May 22.

The woman did not let go of her purse as one of the alleged robbers jumped into a Honda Pilot and drove away. She was dragged for several feet and later taken to Palmetto Health Richland, where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries. A day later, Richland County deputies arrested them after the suspects sped away from investigators who spotted them, but then crashed into another car. Williams was charged with first-degree assault and battery and armed robbery, while Brigmon was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle.

Just days earlier, deputies say Williams and a second unidentified suspect robbed three women in Indian Land at Walmart, Harris Teeter and CVS. During one incident, the suspects allegedly hit the woman in the face when she fought against him. Deputies are still trying to identify the second man.

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