ORANGEBURG, SC (WMBF) – In less than 20 hours, two Orangeburg armed men went from would-be robbers to having their bond denied, according to the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office.
Both 22-year-old Tyrone Stevenson and 23-year-old Dondre Givens were charged with first-degree burglary and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said the two men were arrested moments after an armed robbery was reported.
The initial call was made just before 10:00 p.m. on January 12. A woman told 911 operators an armed robbery was in progress at a Campus Corner apartment.
According to the incident report, OCSO deputies were already in the area when the call was made. When the deputies arrived to the scene, one of them radioed to other deputies informing them that gunfire was heard coming from an apartment where a man had peeped out from.
When commands were given for anyone inside to come out, three males fled on foot. "Our deputies arrived on scene within seconds. After gunfire and a foot chase, the deputies were able to arrest two subjects not far from the apartment where they went in armed with a rifle and handgun," said Ravenell.
The two men were caught almost immediately. Units with the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety and South Carolina State University were also dispatched to the area to look for the armed men.
"Two weapons were recovered from the subjects, a .45 handgun and an assault-type rifle. These are the type of weapons we're taking off of our streets," said Ravenell.
The handgun was determined to have been stolen out of Dorchester County.
Stevenson and Givens appeared before Orangeburg County Magistrate, Peggy Doremus, during a hearing on January 13. Doremus denied bond on both men.
Anyone with information on a third suspect is asked to contact the OCSO at 803-534-3550 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.