2 teens arrested after Columbia County holdup

Two Augusta teens were arrested early Tuesday after one robbed a Martinez convenience store at gunpoint and they led deputies on a brief chase, authorities said.

James Eric Gibbons, 17, of Sasser Lane, and Evan Terry Ramsey, also 17, of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, were charged with armed robbery and are in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

The clerk of the Circle K at 403 S. Belair Road told authorities that a man, later identified as Gibbons, entered the store about 1:40 a.m., showed he had a handgun and demanded the money from the register, according to a sheriff’s office incident report. The robber left with the money.

A deputy, who was pulling up to the gas pumps as the clerk called 911 and another person saw Gibbons leave the store with a red bandana over his face and walk briskly toward Belair Road, according to the report.

As deputies were en route to the store, one spotted the Honda Civic that Gibbons was seen leaving in. The car had no tag. The driver, later identified as Ramsey, led deputies on a brief chase, which ended on Casa Linda Drive, according to Morris.

Ramsey was arrested, and Gibbons ran. A sheriff’s office dog found Gibbons hiding under a nearby porch, Morris said.

A Ruger .22-caliber handgun and cash from the store were found on the passenger-side floorboard of the Honda, which had been reported stolen from North Augusta on April 19, he said.

In addition to armed robbery, Gibbons is charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and theft by receiving stolen property. Ramsey also faces charges of theft by receiving, driving without a license, reckless driving, and fleeing and attempting to elude, according to Morris.

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