An Orangeburg woman is accused of luring a man into a secluded area so he could be robbed.
The following 18-year-olds are facing one charge each of criminal conspiracy: Maurice Antonio White Jr. of 1923 Lake Drive, Patshanae Brown of 1580 Orangewood Drive, Markese Christopher Wilson of 2596 Fort Motte Road, all of Orangeburg; and Tyree M. Evans of 153 Wesley Grove Road, Cordova.
Warrants accuse White and Evans of conspiracy because they allegedly agreed to pick up Brown and Wilson from the scene, which was a field located at the corner of Wheeler Street and Mosley Street.
Warrants also allege that Brown lured the victim and that Wilson approached the victim in the vehicle and robbed him.
An incident report states that officers heard gunshots near Mosley Street as they left the scene of an armed robbery early Wednesday morning.
As they searched the area to make sure no one was injured, they saw a vehicle parked behind an old loading dock for an abandoned warehouse garage.
A man exited the vehicle and told officers he’d been robbed.
As officers talked to the man, Brown arrived at the scene and claimed to be the victim’s friend, the report said.
Officers urged her to step back, but they soon realized she left the scene.
The victim told officers that after he met Brown, two men wearing masks emerged from a wooded area.
The victim told officers the men pointed handguns at him and he handed over his wallet.
He said the men then pulled Brown out of the vehicle and fired into the glovebox, the report said.
The suspects fled the scene and officers arrived moments later.
As officers continued their interview with the victim, a Chevrolet Cruze appeared to continuously circle the area as though the occupants were trying to locate something.
A few minutes later, the vehicle drove directly to the scene and officers spoke with the occupants.
Officers identified White as the driver and detected the odor of marijuana coming from the inside of the vehicle, the report said.
After officers saw a small bundle of a green leafy substance on the floorboard, they asked White and Evans to exit the vehicle.
Officers searched the vehicle for weapons and contraband, but couldn’t find any.
The pair told officers they were in the area looking for a friend.
Officers then asked White to destroy the green leafy substance by stepping on it on the roadway and then sent them on their way, the report said.
As officers continued collecting evidence from the victim’s vehicle, another officer returned to the scene with Brown.
Again, White and Evans returned to the scene.
At that point, officers spoke with each of them and arrested them for criminal conspiracy.
Wilson was detained shortly after.
The incident remains under investigation and more charges may be forthcoming.
If convicted of criminal conspiracy, each of the suspects faces a maximum fine of $5,000 and five years in prison.