Aiken holdup suspect takes own life, 2 in custody, 1 sought

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009 8:35 PM
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A holdup suspect cornered by police after the robbery of an Aiken Burger King this afternoon took his own life. Two of his three suspected accomplices are in custody and a fourth man is being sought.

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Robert Mills Jr.

According to a statement from Lt. David Turno, of the Aiken Department of Public Safety, the name of the dead man is not being released until his family can be notified.

Police said about 12:45 p.m. four armed men dressed in black came into the Burger King on York Street. They ordered the customers and employees into the restaurant's cooler and made the manager open the safe and cash registers, taking the money.

However, police arrived at the scene quickly, arresting one suspect as he tried to flee the restaurant. A second suspect was arrested after he broke into a vacant house nearby.

A third suspect was located in a field, but when police approached him, he took his own life. The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating his death.

A fourth suspect carjacked a car at a nearby car wash and made its owner drive him to a spot on Hampton Avenue, where he got out and fled on foot.

Currently in custody are Sean Mark Rodriguez 25, and Robert Mills Jr., 27, both of Columbia. They face charges of armed robbery, kidnapping and other charges.

Investigators recovered a 2000 Mercury Mountaineer from the scene which was stolen last month in a Columbia carjacking.

Police are asking anyone with information on the suspect at large is asked to contact the Aiken Department of Public Safety: (803) 642-7620. Individuals also should call Crimestoppers of the Midlands: (888) CRIME – SC. Callers can remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of between $50 and $1,000.

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Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/07/09 - 09:53 pm
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How considerate of him.

How considerate of him.

Philo-Publis
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Philo-Publis 11/07/09 - 10:18 pm
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:( I hate hearing about this

:( I hate hearing about this kind of crap in my old stomping ground... I remember when Crosland Park was a nice neighborhood back in the 80s...

humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 11/07/09 - 10:18 pm
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One down...................

One down...................

Dixieman
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Dixieman 11/07/09 - 10:49 pm
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Nasty b*ggers, hope they go

Nasty b*ggers, hope they go away for a LONG time. Imagine how frightened the customers and employees were!

FedupwithAUG
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FedupwithAUG 11/07/09 - 11:25 pm
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too bad they all didn't kill

too bad they all didn't kill themselves.

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 11/07/09 - 11:41 pm
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Culture made them do it.

Culture made them do it. Somehow they feel this is an acceptable way of life and yet know enough about right and wrong to run when the police approached. There's no way to describe how much I hate our subsidy system. We encourage and breed so many of our problems.

the_source
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the_source 11/07/09 - 11:55 pm
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Too bad the others couldn't

Too bad the others couldn't save us the tax dollars by killing themselves as well.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 11/08/09 - 12:22 am
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Too bad the others didn't do

Too bad the others didn't do society the same favor. [filtered word]'s!

helpicantfindthespacebar
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helpicantfindthespacebar 11/08/09 - 12:24 am
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What a piece of work....has

What a piece of work....has the stones to terrorize the people at BK, but shoots himself when the police catch him?

cparker
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cparker 11/08/09 - 08:51 am
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Thank godness for law

Thank godness for law enforcement and that nobody was injured except the fool that deserved it... They should have asked for applications and not the money.

philldinkens
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philldinkens 11/08/09 - 09:06 am
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It's a cultural thing, you

It's a cultural thing, you know!

the_source
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the_source 11/08/09 - 10:25 am
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Wow, I can't believe The

Wow, I can't believe The Chronicle zapped my ealier comment. All I said was too bad the others didn't save us the tax dollars for their caputre and trial by killing themselves, also.

crackerjack
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crackerjack 11/08/09 - 12:29 pm
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Nutless punks, gangsta

Nutless punks, gangsta wannabes.

WW1949
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WW1949 11/08/09 - 12:54 pm
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cparker, I agree with you on

cparker, I agree with you on the first comment but now that they have upped the ante I think they should go away for 20-30 years.
They are no better than any criminal now and Ido not feel sorry for them in any way. Their treatment in jail should be sparse.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 11/08/09 - 01:27 pm
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Amen to that cparker!!

Amen to that cparker!!

corgimom
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corgimom 11/08/09 - 07:57 pm
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WP. it is just mind-boggling

WP. it is just mind-boggling to see people that think it is NORMAL to be in prison and that everybody does that.

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