Police: BP robbery suspect assaults Rock Hill officer at hospital

Larry Edwards
Larry Edwards

The man accused in a Tuesday night gas station robbery is facing additional charges for punching an officer at the hospital after his arrest, according to Rock Hill Police.

Larry Edwards, 55, of Rivercrest Road in Rock Hill was arrested Wednesday and charged with strong arm robbery. He is accused of grabbing money from the cash register in a BP gas station on Dave Lyle Boulevard and then fleeing.

Police responded to Piedmont Medical Center Wednesday after an officer pressed the panic button on his radio, according to a police report. Edwards had been transported to the hospital for medical treatment, and hospital staff asked the officer to remove Edwards’ shackles so he could put on a hospital gown.

With the shackles off, Edwards sat in a chair and started to change, then lunged at the officer and punched him in the left temple, police said. The officer was treated for his injuries.

Police plan to obtain a warrant for Edwards for second-degree assault and battery.

Teddy Kulmala •  803-329-4082