County man charged for armed robbery, kidnapping
A Goose Creek man is behind bars after apparently taking a store clerk hostage on the night of June 3.
The victim was robbed and had two gunshot wounds.
Christopher Flowers, 31, was charged with armed robbery, attempted murder, kidnapping and possession of a firearm during a violent crime, according to a statement released by the Goose Creek Police Department. Bond was set at $80,000 for Flowers on June 4 at Goose Creek Municipal Court, at $20,000 for each charge.
Shortly after 6 p.m. on Monday, police responded to the Beer and Tobacco Food Mart at 139 Redbank Road after a complainant called to say the front door was locked during normal business hours and there was a black male inside crawling on the floor, according to an incident report. The complainant said the person seen inside was not the storeowner.
The front door was locked when police arrived so they went to the back door, also locked, and knocked. That’s when an officer heard a faint cry for help, according to the report.
An officer was able to pry the door open enough to see a subject, later identified as the victim, lying on the floor. He appeared to have his arms tied behind his back and said he was unable to get up.
The victim said there was a man inside with a gun. Officers were unable to access the rear door to free the victim, according to the report. GCPD’s Special Weapons and Tactics team (SWAT) was deployed to the scene.
All neighboring businesses were evacuated, according to the report.
An officer covering the outside of the rear door identified a suspect who opened the rear door, exited and surrendered to police without incident, according to the report.
Inside the business both cash registers were open and broken glass was on the floor. During the incident all westbound traffic on Redbank Road was closed.
SWAT team members entered the business and retrieved the victim, unbound him and medics treated him for a gunshot wound to his left little finger and the side of his neck, according to the report.
The investigation continues.