Authorities say the 20-year-old Rock Hill man arrested last week in a hit-and-run car accident on Celanese Road is the same man who recently stole an air pellet gun from Walmart and fired it at a customer who tried to stop him in the parking lot.
The incidents happened last Tuesday just hours apart, according to police. The arrest in the hit-and-run case helped detectives piece together the Walmart case from that morning, authorities say.
Rock Hill police made two arrests in a hit-and-run incident soon after witnesses gave officers enough information to find the car, the driver and a passenger. In that case, Tevin Joseph, 20, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, police records show.
Joseph was back at the Rock Hill city jail on Friday night on charges of armed robbery and assault and battery in connection with the shoplifting and shots fired in the parking lot. In that case, Joseph is accused of stealing a Samsung TV, an air pellet gun, a safe and BBs from the Newport Walmart, police documents show.
As the shoplifter left the store, a customer confronted him for not paying for the merchandise, which was valued at $430, according to the police report. Officers claim Joseph then pulled the stolen pellet gun from his waistband and fired it. No one was injured.
Police say Joseph fled, but some of the merchandise was recovered by officers in the parking lot.
Later that afternoon, Joseph and Kayce Thompson, 19, also of Rock Hill, were arrested in connection with the hit-and-run, according to a Rock Hill police report.
Thompson was charged with giving police false information, records show. Thompson also was charged with accessory after the fact in connection with the Walmart incident, reports state.
Rock Hill police spokesman Mark Bollinger said one of the department’s detectives linked Joseph and Thompson to the Walmart incident after reading about the hit-and-run on Celanese Road in The Herald last week. In both cases, witnesses described the getaway car as a black sedan.
Though Joseph is not accused of presenting a firearm inside Walmart last week, police determined that he used the air pellet gun in the parking lot to aid his getaway, which warrants an armed robbery charge, Bollinger said.