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Rock Hill man charged after robbery victim held up with his own gun

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Stokes Rock Hill Police

Rock Hill police say a man was robbed with his own gun and later arrested on marijuana charges after he allegedly confronted the suspect at his home.

Officers responded to an armed robbery in the 1800 block of Gingercake Circle at about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to a police report. The 21-year-old victim told police he had met with the suspect, later identified as 20-year-old Branden Stokes, to sell Stokes a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun.

Stokes and an unidentified man were in a black Mercedes that pulled into a parking space on Gingercake Circle, the victim told officers. The victim approached the car and handed the unloaded gun to Stokes, who then handed it to the unidentified passenger, the report states.

The second suspect loaded a round into the magazine, pointed the gun at the victim and said, “You should probably back up,” police said. Stokes then reportedly drove out of the apartment complex at a high rate of speed.

Police checked the area but could not find the suspects.

A short time later, officers responded to a burglary in progress in the 200 block of Sidney Street. They met with Stokes, who said the listed victim from the armed robbery was knocking on his front door.

Police found the victim at his home, the report states, and he told them Stokes had given him $140 in counterfeit bills.

The victim said the bills were in the top dresser drawer in his bedroom, police said. While recovering the counterfeit bills, officers found marijuana flakes scattered throughout the drawer.

When asked if there was any other marijuana in the apartment, the victim said “his cousin may have left some in the apartment,” the report states. Officers found about 8 grams of marijuana and marijuana cigarettes around the home.

The victim from the armed robbery was cited for possession of marijuana and released. Stokes was charged with armed robbery and criminal conspiracy, according to jail records. He was placed in the Rock Hill city jail, where he remained Thursday morning under $13,000 bond.

A police spokesman said Thursday that detectives are still working to determine if there was a second suspect involved.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala

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