Graniteville man convicted in 2016 armed robbery denied bond Thursday on gun charges

December 21, 2018

A Graniteville man convicted of participating in a 2016 armed robbery near the Sage Creek subdivision, was denied a motion for bond Thursday.

James Badger III, 25, is charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol, breaking into motor vehicles, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a stolen pistol, according to jail records.

He is also on a hold for the Allendale County Sheriff’s Office, records show.

On Oct. 17, 2017, Badger pleaded guilty to armed robbery and was sentenced to 10 years in prison suspended to 510 days in jail, according to court records.

On May 3, 2016, a 23-year-old Blackville woman called Aiken County Sheriff’s Office deputies around 4 p.m. claiming she had just been robbed at gunpoint by two suspects, whom she did not know, at Black Village East Circle in Graniteville, according to an Aiken County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

The victim claimed she had been speaking with the suspect for nearly five months through text messages and email, the report said.

The suspect was supposed to be meeting the victim for the first time in person, near the entrance of Sage Creek, when both suspects got into the victim’s vehicle and told her to drive around, the report said.

The victim claimed the second suspect hit her on the head with a pistol and stole around $200 in cash from her before he and the other suspect both fled the vehicle on foot, running behind several nearby homes, according to the report.

Deputies reported EMS took the victim to an area hospital for treatment after she suffered a cut to the top of her head.

Investigators determined Badger to be one of the suspects and arrested him on May 26, 2016, records show.

Just a short time after being released from jail on Oct. 17, 2017, he was arrested again on Nov. 29, 2017 for having a stolen pistol in his possession and breaking into vehicles, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

His attorney filed a motion for bond Thursday, but the judge denied it.

Badger will continue to be held at the Aiken County detention center.

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