Rarely in an armed robbery investigation do officers recover the stolen property and the robbery weapon at the same instant.
But Rock Hill police found themselves in that situation this week when they arrested a man accused of robbing another man with his own gun.
Zachary Taylor Brandon, 29, was arrested Tuesday and charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to a Rock Hill Police report.
Brandon reportedly met a gun seller in the parking lot of a Subway in the 2200 block of Cherry Road, then robbed him of the weapon after the seller handed it over to him along with a magazine clip.
The incident happened around 6:30 p.m. Thursday when the two men, who connected over Facebook, met to exchange a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson pistol, which the seller had agrred to part with for $400.
The victim handed Brandon the weapon out of his car window. It “was not loaded but did have a magazine with 10 rounds of .40 caliber ammunition,” according to the police report.
Once he had the weapon, Brandon allegedly chambered a round, pointed the gun at the victim and then fled on foot.
The shaken seller was later able to identify Brandon from a police photo lineup, and investigators quickly issued a warrant for his arrest.