Deputies seek two in armed robbery | Crime
Kershaw County sheriff's deputies are looking for two men in connection with a November 25 robbery.
Investigators arrested 19-year-old Tanner Reece Brittain on December 12.
According to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews, Brittain contacted the victim asking him if he wanted to purchase an X-Box and a TV. When the victim showed up at a predetermined location to make the purchase, Nathaniel Walter Brown, 22, and Vance Lamar Fowler, 18, were hiding in the woods, the sheriff said.
Fowler emerged from the woods with a shotgun and Brown came out carrying an axe handle, Matthews said. Brown beat the victim repeatedly with the axe handle and told Fowler to shoot him, according to the sheriff. The victim begged for his life and was able to flee after the men robbed him of $215.00, Matthews said.
Investigators were able to identify Brittan early in the investigation and take him into custody, the sheriff said. Further investigation resulted in the identification of Brown and Fowler, who are currently wanted by the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office.
Brittain has previous arrests for burglary, armed robbery, kidnapping and narcotics, all of which occurred in the past three years, Matthews said. Brown has previous arrests for assault and battery, grand larceny, attempted armed robbery, unlawful carrying of a weapon and narcotics. Fowler has previous arrests for narcotics violations.
“If you look at the arrest records of these three men, the common denominator is drugs,” said Matthews. “Substance abuse is destroying our society and is a factor in most of the issues we deal with on a daily basis - criminal domestic violence, burglaries, robberies, assaults. You name it and drugs seem to be a major factor.”
Brittan is currently being detained at the Kershaw County Detention Center on a $50,000.00 bond. If anyone has information as to the whereabouts of Brown or Fowler, they should contact the Lt. Knafelc at the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office at 803-425-1512 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.