Still no suspects named in armed robbery, shooting at York Street apartments in Aiken

January 17, 2019

The Aiken Department of Public Safety has released more information about an armed robbery and shooting incident that occurred Tuesday at an apartment complex on York Street in Aiken.

Officers responded to the Glendale Terrace Apartments around 5 p.m. Tuesday after receiving 911 calls claiming shots had been fired at the 1200 block of York Street, and the shooters could still possibly be in the area, according to the report.

Upon arrival, officers patrolled the area of Crosland Park searching for the suspects, but were unable to locate anyone, police reported.

No one was injured in the shooting, but investigators arrived to the scene and spoke with victims and witnesses.

A 38-year-old man, who resides at the 1200 block of York Street, told officers he and a 53-year-old Virginia man were sitting in a vehicle parked outside his home, when several young black males approached them, according to the report.

He told investigators the group asked for cigarettes, but he responded by telling them, “no.” The two men then exited the vehicle and went into the apartment for a short time before coming back outside to stand on the porch, where they were again approached by the group of young men, the report states.

This time, the victim claimed one of the suspects pointed a gun in his face and stated, “So, we can’t get a cigarette,” police reported.

The victim told officers he “slapped the gun away from his face” and he, along with the second victim, ran back into the apartment, according to the report.

The second victim told investigators they heard three gunshots after they ran back into the apartment. He also claimed the suspects stole the keys to his vehicle, a gray Sonata, police reported.

Officers also spoke with a 57-year-old Augusta man who claimed to be standing nearby when he witnessed the incident. He claimed to see several black males exit apartment 8A at Glendale Terrace, with three of them going over to converse with the two victims, police reported.

The witness claimed a young black male with a “nappy beard,” wearing a sky blue jacket, blue jeans and white shoes was first to pull a gun on the two victims. After he pulled his weapon, the other suspects proceeded to draw their pistols and point them at the victims. The man also claimed to have observed the suspects firing their guns as they fled the scene, running across York Street toward Crosland Park, according to the report.

Officers knocked on doors all throughout the complex to make sure no one was injured and get statements. They reported speaking with a 66-year-old resident who said he heard the gunshots, which made him come outside to see what was happening; he discovered bullet holes in the front wall of his residence with bullets still lodged inside.

Luckily, none of the bullets had pierced the man’s wall, police said.

Police also located several spent shell casing around the buildings.

Investigators also spoke with the female resident of apartment 8A. She told officers she did not know who the young black males were, claiming they had arrived earlier in the day with a female juvenile who was still inside. The woman also claimed to not know the female juvenile.

Officers reported having the female juvenile exit the apartment to ask her about the identity of the suspects, but she also claimed to not know them. She claimed she was walking around in Crosland Park and was approached by the group the males. She said they all went over to the woman’s residence together, police reported.

Investigators searched the woman’s apartment, but located no one else inside.

After speaking with all the victims and witnesses in the area, officers determined the suspects to be between 16 and 19 years of age.

Aiken Public Safety is still investigating the incident and, as of Wednesday evening, has not yet identified any suspects.

Anyone with information on the shooting or knows the suspect’s identities is asked to contact Public Safety at 803-642-7620.

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