Aiken County authorities investigating armed robberies at two convenience stores


The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is investigating armed robberies at two Kent’s Korner gas stations. One ended in gunfire, the other in arrest after a suspect returned to the scene.


According to news releases, the first robbery occurred at the convenience store at 2557 Wagener Road about 9:25 p.m. Tuesday. A clerk told deputies a man held him at knife-point and stole beer. Before leaving, he threatened to return for cigarettes.

While deputies were still investigating, Brandon Clifford Knight, 32, went into the store and was identified by the clerk as the robber.

At 10:52 p.m., police were called to 1925 Edgefield Highway. Police said two men were standing next to their vehicles when they were approached by a man with a gun demanding whatever they had. The gunman fired after one man threw a coffee mug at him.

The man who threw the mug was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center for treatment of two gunshot wounds.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at (803) 648-6811 or Crime Stoppers at (888) CRIME-SC.