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Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office

A man robbed the Sonic on North Road at knifepoint early Sunday morning, according to an incident report.

An employee was cooking at about 3 a.m. when he noticed a man with a white T-shirt around his face entering through the back door.

The man placed a knife at the employee’s neck and demanded that he open the safe, the report states. The employee told the man that he couldn’t open the safe because he didn’t know the combination.

The man told the employee not to make it look obvious as they walked to the front of the business. The man continued to hold the knife to the employee’s neck, the report said.

The employee said the man also had a hammer in his hand.

The manager said he was sitting in the lobby when he noticed the employee walking toward him. The man walked behind him, holding a knife at the employee’s neck, the report said.

The manager ran past the man to get the money out of the safe.

He told deputies that he first tossed several rolls of change at the man, but the man demanded more so he went to the safe and retrieved the bank deposits.

Once the man got the money, he ran out of the back door.

Employees chased after him in the parking lot, but stopped because they weren’t certain if he had additional weapons with him.

Employees saw a dark SUV driving erratically from the rear parking lot of the former Ryan’s steakhouse.

The suspect is described as a dark-skinned black male, standing between 6-feet-1 and 6-feet-5, wearing a blue jacket/hoodie, black jeans and a white T-shirt around his face.

Deputies searched the rear parking lot of Ryan’s and discovered a white paper bag that contained money.

A deputy put the paper bag in a sealed evidence bag.

The case remains under investigation.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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