Robbery suspect who committed suicide identified

Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009 1:46 PM
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A man who authorities say committed suicide after the Saturday robbery of an Aiken fast food restaurant has been identified as a 24-year-old Columbia resident.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said in a release today that Richard Lee Simmons died of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to an autopsy conducted today in Newberry, S.C.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and Aiken County Coroner's Office are investigating Mr. Simmons' death. Mr. Carlton said Mr. Simmons died near the scene of the robbery at the Burger King on York Street at about 12:45 p.m. Authorities say four armed men dressed in black entered the restaurant and ordered customers and employees into the cooler. They then made the manager open the safe and cash registers, taking the money.

Police arrived quickly, arresting one suspect as he tried to flee the restaurant. A second suspect was arrested after he broke into a vacant house nearby. Mr. Simmons was found in a field but took his own life when police approached, authorities said. The fourth suspect was accused of carjacking a vehicle at a nearby car wash and making its owner drive him to Hampton Avenue, where he got out and fled on foot.

Arrested were Sean Mark Rodriguez, 25, and Robert Mills Jr., 27, both of Columbia. Police are asking anyone with information on the fourth suspect who got away to call them at (803) 642-7620 or (888) CRIME-SC.

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Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/08/09 - 01:58 pm
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What, did these idiots think

What, did these idiots think Aiken didn't have a police department?

SayNoMore
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SayNoMore 11/08/09 - 02:16 pm
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I still haven't seen a

I still haven't seen a description of the 4th one they are looking for. Anybody who sees anybody should call.....

KSL
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KSL 11/08/09 - 02:16 pm
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It has a very fine police

It has a very fine police department.

curly123053
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curly123053 11/08/09 - 02:56 pm
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I guess they figured they

I guess they figured they could make their getaway down Hwy 1 to I 20 and be back in Columbia before anybody knew what happened. Not possible anymore with eveybody and their mama having cell phones. I am glad none of the employees or customers did not get hurt.

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TIDI2147 11/08/09 - 03:18 pm
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good LORD

good LORD

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 11/08/09 - 03:39 pm
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Have you checked other news

Have you checked other news sorces Saynomore? Some one told me you shouldn't rely on your local newspaper to give you information from another town... try checking the paper from the city in which it happened. =)

SayNoMore
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SayNoMore 11/08/09 - 03:48 pm
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LOL - I consider Aiken part

LOL - I consider Aiken part of the CSRA ;-) . I won't be checking Foxnews or UPI for this, they only cover our "frisky horseman".

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 11/08/09 - 03:51 pm
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Actually, I do too Saynomore,

Actually, I do too Saynomore, but they do have their own paper. Just making a point. LOL No hard feelings. I like you a lot. Just wasn't crazy about the sarcastic comment to others of us making observations about media reporting. lol

SayNoMore
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SayNoMore 11/08/09 - 03:56 pm
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I appreciate the laugh! I

I appreciate the laugh! I enjoyed your post!

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 11/08/09 - 03:57 pm
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I do agree though, a

I do agree though, a description of the suspect would be nice, but probably wouldn't help, unless he had a very distinguishing mark espcially with no vehicle to be linked to. Too bad the others didn't do society the same favor as this guy did!!!

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WhippingPost 11/08/09 - 04:14 pm
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What a way to be remembered.

What a way to be remembered. Suicide over a Burger King robbery. All he'd need to top it off was to be wearing an Obama "yes we can" shirt at the time of his death. I wonder if he was.

SayNoMore
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SayNoMore 11/08/09 - 04:28 pm
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I knew there was gonna be

I knew there was gonna be trouble when they stopped giving out those paper crowns.....would have helped with subject description too.

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Opinionated one1 11/08/09 - 04:49 pm
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Congratulations to the fine

Congratulations to the fine work of the Aiken Public Safety Deparftment.

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Lumbarsupport 11/08/09 - 06:16 pm
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There is more to this than is

There is more to this than is being released. Major implications, it will be covered up.

terry67
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terry67 11/08/09 - 06:46 pm
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There is more to this than is

There is more to this than is being released. Major implications, it will be covered up.
Posted by Lumbarsupport on Sun Nov 8, 2009 6:16 PM What the ???? are you talking about? What BS do you speak of?

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 11/09/09 - 12:00 am
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It's the "it's someone else's

It's the "it's someone else's fault" attitude we teach to certain people, terry67. We don't like who they are, but we always know how they'll vote.

1941
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1941 11/09/09 - 12:10 am
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What do Obama has to do with

What do Obama has to do with this topic? What do voting have to do with the story? Some people are so stupid!!!

wcorowitz
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wcorowitz 11/09/09 - 12:15 am
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Leave race and politics out

Leave race and politics out of this one. It's just criminals vs. law abiding citizens.

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 11/09/09 - 12:20 am
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1941, wcorowitz, race and

1941, wcorowitz, race and politics had nothing to do with my 12:00 post. Just government taught attitude.

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Justthefacts please 11/09/09 - 06:45 am
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1 rat gone forever, two in

1 rat gone forever, two in the hands of the law and a fourth one on the run. Attaway to go Aiken Police Department. Man, I bet those idiots were surprised to see all those flashing lights before they had a chance to get out of the building. If we adopt a shoot first policy on these idiots the crime rate would drop to zero.

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Lorraine 11/09/09 - 10:33 am
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Thanks wcorowitz for your

Thanks wcorowitz for your words of wisdom. For others who attempt to invoke race and politics into every single issue, they have nothing really to say anyway that makes sense and at the same time fails to add any relevancy to the conversation.

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