CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – The suspect in armed robberies Wednesday morning at the Family Dollar and Southside Pharmacy was arrested Thursday morning, according to Taylor Newell with the city of Conway.
Albert Jamail Hickman, 29, is charged with three counts of armed robbery. He was booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center just after 1:30 a.m., online records show.
Hickman is also charged in connection to the armed robbery at Walgreens on Church Street. On Wednesday, officials believed only the robberies at Family Dollar and Southside Pharmacy, both located on 4th Avenue, were linked.
Lynn Graham is a certified pharmacy technician at the Southside Pharmacy who came face-to-face with the suspect.
"Was I gonna see my children and my family again tonight?" Graham said about what was going through her mind.
According to Graham, the suspect walked into the pharmacy early Wednesday morning and acted as if he was going to get a prescription. When he said he said he couldn't remember where it was from, they asked if he wanted to use the phone.
"Then at that time he mentioned that it was an armed robbery and to give him everything in the drawer. So we gave him everything in the drawer and he took the money and fled," said Graham, "He did put his hand around back and said that it was an armed robbery. We didn't ever see a weapon but that's not to say he didn't have one."
Police say the suspect fled the scene on foot.
"We're a small town and we know most of our customers by name and everyone that comes in, so now when I see someone I'm not familiar with, I'm going to have that uneasy feeling and wondering, you know, are they really a customer or are they going to have us hand over money and stuff?" said Graham.
According to Newell, the Walgreens was robbed at about 5:48 a.m. The suspect robbed the cashier before fleeing on foot. He is described as a black male with short hair wearing a long sleeve gray shirt, dark pants, and light brown shoes/boots.
Both the Family Dollar and Southside Pharmacy were robbed around 9:35 a.m., police say.