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An Orangeburg man is accused of robbing another man instead of paying off a debt, according to the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office.

“You have to be a desperate individual to trade a potential 20-year sentence for a couple hundred dollars,” Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said. “But bottom line, that’s what this individual has done.”

Zaron Shivers, 24, has been charged with armed robbery while armed with a deadly weapon, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and criminal conspiracy.

Bond was denied on the Ashely Street man during a hearing on Saturday.

Investigators say one more suspect is being sought in the June 5 armed robbery.

Around 2:30 p.m. on that date, Orangeburg County Sheriff’s investigators were called to a Mingo Street location where a man said he had been hit on the head. His wallet was stolen.

The man said two men owed him $20. He got into a car with them, believing they were going to an ATM.

However, the men struck him with an unknown object hard enough that he “saw stars after being struck,” according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

After taking the man’s wallet that contained a small amount of cash, the pair left the man on the 500 block of Mingo Street.

A witness said the man then knocked on her door asking for help. He was later transported to the Regional Medical Center.

Shivers was taken into custody at his place of employment by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office on Friday evening.

If anyone has any information on the incident, they are asked to call the sheriff’s office at 803-534-3550 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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