Wounded suspect charged in Aiken County gun store burglary

Robinson

One of two suspects who survived a shooting by a store owner during a Belvedere gun store burglary Aug. 9 is behind bars.

Franklin Robinson, 27, of Gadsden, S.C., was booked into the Aiken County Detention Center on Wednesday afternoon following his release from Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Robinson has been charged with grand larceny, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and first degree burglary.

The other suspect, 30-year-old Eddie Stewart, of Columbia, remains hospitalized but faces identical charges upon his release.

Aiken County sheriff’s authorities said Robinson, Stewart and K’Raven Aude Goodwin, 20, of Eastover, S.C., crashed a stolen van into the side of the gun store on Edgefield Road in Belvedere around 4 a.m. Aug. 9.

The shop owner, 57-year-old Stephen Bayazes, told deputies he woke to find the men loading guns into a van stopped inside his store.

After hearing the burglars threaten to shoot him, Bayazes said, he opened fire with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.

Stewart and Robinson fled in the van that had previously been reported stolen from New Vision Fellowship International in North Augusta. Police located the suspects at a Martintown Road Waffle House, where the suspects stopped to seek help for their gunshot wounds. All of the stolen weapons were recovered in the van.

Goodwin, who had been left by his fellow suspects at the gun shop, was transported to Medical College of Georgia Hospital where he died shortly after arrival.

North Augusta Public Safety Lt. Tim Thornton said the suspects will not be charged in the theft of the van because there were no witnesses to the crime.

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