High school students charged in armed robbery of laundry

Three high school students were in custody Friday in connection with the robbery of a laundry.

The students -- two females and a male -- were arrested Thursday and charged with armed robbery, possession of a knife during a violent crime and criminal conspiracy, said Lt. Les Herring of the Rock Hill Police Department.

Arrested were Roshundra Nicole Gillespie, 19, of 904 Kiley Court; Quantavis L. Frazier, 17, of 2319 Marett Blvd., and Tyeshia K. Idheroma, 18, of 1117 Springdale Road, Herring said.

All are Rock Hill High School students.

Another student, a 16-year-old female, faces the same charges and was released to her mother, Herring said.

The charges against the students stem from an armed robbery that happened after 9:40 a.m. Thursday at Willowbrook Washerette at 833 Willowbrook Ave.

Idheroma, armed with a large butcher knife, and Frazier went into the laundry, where a female employee was working, Herring said.

"They forced her back to the office at knife point and demanded money," Herring said. "They gave her a white, plastic bag and told her to put the money in it."

The 16-year-old girl waited in a dark green car, while Gillespie served as lookout, Herring said. The students later fled on foot with $219. Some witnesses saw one of the students leave in the green car, he said.

Police recovered about half the money.

"Each of the four had some of the money," Herring said.

A specific motive for the robbery is unclear, he said.

Armed robbery could carry up to a 30-year prison sentence, while possession of a knife during a violent crime has a five-year sentence, said Deputy Solicitor Willy Thompson. Conspiracy can carry up to five years, he said.

On Friday, bond was set at $105,000 each for Gillespie, Idheroma and Quantavis Frazier. The teens remained in custody Friday evening at the York County Detention Center.