Man authorities believe involved in robbery attempt arrested

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NORTH AUGUSTA – A woman scared away a would-be armed robber with her loud scream Tuesday, leading South Carolina and Georgia law enforcement agencies to a suspect that had been on the run.

Larry Jerome Rainey
Larry Jerome Rainey

Larry Jerome Rainey, 43, was charged with possession of a firearm, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license and fleeing or attempting to elude police, according to a Richmond County Jail official. He remains there after attempting to rob a woman in North Augusta and initiating a chase from law enforcement in Augusta and North Augusta.

Police believe Mr. Rainey attempted to rob a 53-year-old woman at gunpoint in the parking lot of the Shoppes at North Augusta around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, North Augusta Department of Public Safety Det. Tim Thornton said in a news release. The woman told police she was packing her purchased items in her car when someone approached her from behind and said “don’t move.” The victim said she thought it was a friend playing a joke on her. When she turned around, the suspect pointed a semi-automatic pistol at her stomach. She screamed as loud as possible, and Mr. Rainey, startled by her reaction, jumped in his car and left going toward Knox Avenue, Det. Thornton said.

Officers in unmarked patrol cars spotted the suspect’s vehicle, an old black and white police car, headed toward Georgia Avenue towards the 13th Street Bridge.

Richmond County Sheriff’s deputies began following the suspect once he entered downtown Augusta, but North Augusta officers still continued to follow the suspect at a slow speed.

Richmond County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop Mr. Rainey near Sandbar Ferry Road, but he sped up and drove onto Bobby Jones Expressway toward South Carolina, Det. Thornton said. He lost control of his vehicle, and jumped out of it to flee the scene while the vehicle was still in gear. His car rolled down a ramp, and hit a North Augusta Department of Public Safety patrol car.

Mr. Rainey is being held at the Richmond County Jail, but also faces charges in South Carolina including Tuesday’s armed robbery. Police believe he is connected to the purse snatching of an elderly woman in Williston, and other crimes in North Augusta and Aiken County.

He will remain in the Richmond County Jail pending extradition, according to authorities.

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pommom38
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pommom38 11/04/09 - 07:27 pm
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Kudo's to the woman for

Kudo's to the woman for screaming!! Very risky move seeing a gun was pointed at her, but this guy might still be out there if not for her, and the authorities not giving up.
Crime is at an all time high, this is going to be one very interesting holiday shopping time. Makes me not want to go anywhere w/o having someone along.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 11/04/09 - 07:35 pm
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Can't go shopping safely in

Can't go shopping safely in broad daylight. These [filtered word]'s make me sick. I hope they all get what they deserve at one point or another!

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sdwells 11/04/09 - 09:31 pm
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I was in the parking lot when

I was in the parking lot when this incident occurred. That woman screamed bloody murder and had EVERYONE looking in her direction. I'm afraid I would freeze if I were put in the same situation. She's a brave lady, and I'm glad she wasn't hurt. I'm considering doing most of my shopping online thanks to this event.

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acstrauss 11/05/09 - 03:47 pm
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I remember seeing that car in

I remember seeing that car in North Augusta about that time. Can't miss it.

poolmom
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poolmom 11/05/09 - 03:50 pm
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Why can't people go out and

Why can't people go out and work for a living like I do!

pommom38
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pommom38 11/05/09 - 05:06 pm
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I don't think it's even about

I don't think it's even about working or not poolmom. Notice many of these stories? The accused are repeat offenders, and I think they thrive on doing this! It take's guts or stupidity one to do such a thing at all, but in broad daylight with people everywhere, like they get a high out of it or something.. Make's me sick.. Now I am constantly looking behind and around me anytime I go somewhere, we should not have to live like this!!

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