AIKEN - A traffic stop led to the arrest of three armed robbery suspects Thursday, yielding the seizure of a firearm, cash and more than 3 ounces of marijuana.
North Augusta Department of Public Safety charged Exzavian Myers, 20, of Graniteville, with armed robbery possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm with mutilated serial numbers and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, Lt. Tim Pearson said in a news release. Stewart Bibbs, 19, of North Augusta was charged with armed robbery, disregarding a stop sign and expired vehicle license. Hampton Bradley, 21, of Graniteville was charged with armed robbery.
Around 4:20 p.m., a North Augusta Department of Public Safety officer stopped a vehicle for disregarding a stop sign at the intersection of Jackson and West Avenues, Lt. Pearson said. Soon after, a victim approached the officer claiming that the men in the vehicle had just robbed him. The victim told police that Myers approached him with a handgun and demanded money at Ridgeview Manor Apartments in the 400 block of Bradleyville Road, according to the report. All three fled in a maroon Chevrolet Malibu.
After hearing the victim's story, the officer searched the vehicle and discovered a pistol in the floorboard of the passenger seat next to Myers' feet, according to the incident report. Myers also had the magazine to the pistol in his pockets. The officer also found the cell phone, bank card and $350 that belonged to the victim. More than 85 grams of marijuana was also found on Myers.
All three suspects are being held at the Aiken County Detention Center without bond.