A man wanted for murder in another state was arrested for a jewelry heist in Columbia, police said Wednesday.
Mr. Armond Gibson, 23, was charged with two counts of armed robbery, four counts of kidnapping, criminal conspiracy, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and possession of a stolen vehicle, according to Columbia police.
Investigators are still searching for the alleged accomplice.
The robbery happened Tuesday morning at Mims Jewelry Store at 6780 Garners Ferry Road, police spokeswoman Ms. Jeniffer Timmons said.
Mr. Gibson allegedly entered the store armed with a handgun and ordered four people inside on the ground, Ms. Timmons said. No one was injured.
"Then the second suspect allegedly smashed a glass counter and stole an undisclosed amount of jewelry," Ms. Timmons said.
The men fled the scene in a gold Toyota that was reported stolen from DeKalb County, Ms. Timmons said.
The men wrecked the car on Pennington Way and ran from the scene, she said.
Officers saw a man fitting the description of the armed robbery suspects running near the scene of the wreck and Mr. Gibson was arrested a short time later, Ms. Timmons said.
The second suspect managed to get away.
Officers recovered most of the stolen jewelry from inside the vehicle.
“CPD Investigators believe that the pair planned the armed robbery and drove from Georgia to commit the crime,” Ms. Timmons said.
Witnesses said both men wore dark clothing and masks during the armed robbery.
Details on the murder Mr. Gibson is accused of committing were not readily available Thursday.
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