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An Orangeburg man is accused of robbing a business while his wife and their 7-month-old child were asleep in his vehicle outside.

Tarik Clayron Corlos Thomas Jr., 21, of 2613 Old Cameron Road, allegedly robbed Kelvin's Auto and Tire Service on Five Chop Road on Saturday afternoon.

Thomas is charged with armed robbery while armed with a deadly weapon.

The victim said he was in the back office of his store around 6 p.m. Saturday when he heard someone enter, according to an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office incident report. The victim thought it was his son.

A masked person entered the room, pointed a small handgun in his face and asked, "Where's the wallet?"

The victim surrendered his brown wallet and the masked person ran out of the building, according to the incident report.

The victim and his son began to follow a black Dodge Challenger. They called Orangeburg County dispatch to let them know the location.

Law enforcement ended up making contact with the vehicle on Sheppards Lane, the report states.

The man in the vehicle said he was heading to North Carolina with his wife and her child.

According to a witness on Sheppards Lane, another person jumped out of the passenger side of the vehicle and behind the fence of a residence. The man said there was no other person in the vehicle.

The man's wife told law enforcement she was unaware of what was going on. When she woke up, she saw the blue lights and an individual in the passenger seat who ended up escaping, according to the report.

The 7-month-old child was released to the man’s father.

The incident remains under investigation.

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Staff Writer

Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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