Phillip Fleming Watts Jr., the man police said confessed to seven robberies dating back to October, now faces 18 more charges in connection with five of those robberies, according to arrest warrants.
Authorities on Friday formally charged Watts, 20, of Rock Hill in five more robberies, including one at Saltwater Seafood Market, where owner Ping Chen was shot twice.
Watts was charged with five counts of armed robbery; two counts of possession of a pistol by a person convicted of a crime of violence; five counts of possession of a firearm during a violent crime; five counts of possession of a pistol by a person under 21; and assault and battery with intent to kill, the warrants state.
According to the warrants, Watts' charges stem from the following armed robberies:
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• Jan. 28, Chen was robbed of $300 at Saltwater Seafood Market at 101 W. White St., according Watts' statement. Chen was shot in her right shoulder, and police say Watts tried to shoot Chen in the head with a black .22-caliber handgun. That bullet hit her left hand as she shielded her face. She has since returned to work.
• Jan. 20, a female clerk was robbed of $36 at Exxon One Stop store at 2460 W. Main St.
• Jan. 18, a male clerk was robbed of $700 at One Stop at 275 S. Charlotte Ave.
• Dec. 10, 2007, a male clerk was robbed of $300 at One Stop at 275 S. Charlotte Ave.
• Dec. 8, 2007, a male clerk was robbed of $400 at Palmetto Express, most recently known as a Valero convenience store, at 505 S. Anderson Road.
Earlier this week, officials issued nine warrants against Watts for robberies that happened at John Boy's Valero in Fort Mill and Cash on the Spot in Rock Hill.
A bond hearing is scheduled for this morning for Watts. He remained in custody Friday night at York County Detention Center.