Aiken man charged with armed robbery


Michael Eugene Stancel II, 36, of Aiken, was arrested Thursday in connection with a May 30 armed robbery outside The Home Depot in Aiken. Stancel was captured on Hill Street in Clearwater, according to a news release. He is charged with robbery while armed with a deadly weapon and simple larceny from a previous unrelated incident. He is being held at the Aiken County Detention Center.

According to Aiken Public Safety, Stancel approached the victim in the parking lot and demanded money. The man said he had a firearm. Feeling threatened, the victim told police she fled.

The man then drove off with her 2011 Ford Escape. It was recovered by the Richland County Sheriff's Department.