FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WBTW) – On Thursday afternoon, a bond hearing was held for the three teenagers connected to armed robberies in Florence County.
Charles Lee Cooke, James Lorenzo Carter, both 18, and Danielle Summer Pridgen, 19, all of Florence, were taken into custody and charged with one count of armed robbery with a deadly weapon.
The trio met before city Judge Linward Edwards.
Both Carter and Pridgen were granted $50,000 bonds. Cooke had his set at $60,000.
All three are not considered a flight risk due to their criminal past, which Judge Edwards took into consideration when setting their bonds.
They face robbery charges in the city and separate robbery charges in the county because of where the robberies took place.
News13 is still awaiting specifics from the county bond hearing that also took place on Thursday.
A Florence County man says he and his family had just returned home from church when a man jumped from behind their bushes, pointed a gun at them and demanded money.
According to Major Michael Nunn, deputies responded to a home on Ascot Drive for an armed robbery call around 8:53 p.m. Wednesday night. The victim told deputies that he and his family has just pulled into their driveway when a gunman emerged from the shrubbery and demanded cash. The thief then ran from the house, Major Nunn adds.
An extensive manhunt, utilizing deputies from the Patrol Division, the FCSO Tracking Team as well as the Criminal Enforcement Unit followed in the Windsor Forest and Grove Park subdivisions. Later, deputies received reports of two other similar robberies in other parts of the county, one of which involved the specific description of a suspect vehicle.
While investigating one of the subsequent armed robbery reports, Lt. Curt Summerford of the Criminal Enforcement Unit noticed a vehicle matching the description given by one of the victims. Lt. Summerford initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle on Platt Street. When the driver pulled over, Lt. Summerford discovered evidence related to reported robberies and three suspects were arrested.
“While the arrests in this case were a joint effort of all our deputies, I am particularly proud of Curt and his unit for their dedication to the protection of the neighborhoods of Florence County,” Sheriff Kenney Boone stated.
The investigation into this incident is ongoing, and additional arrests and charges are possible.