Man dressed as woman tried to rob Columbia store, gunfight ensued with clerk, police say

Man dressed as woman tried to rob Columbia store, gunfight ensued with clerk, police say

Pair steals vehicle in Georgetown, gets in shootout with store clerk in Columbia armed robbery attempt;

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – The Georgetown Police Department reports two people will be charged with a crime spree that started with a carjacking in Georgetown and ended in a shootout during an attempted armed robbery in Columbia on Friday.

Police say the pair – identified by police as Nautica Morgan, 22, and Demetrius Lamar Jackson, 29, – stole a 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe outside of a Walgreens on North Fraser Street in Georgetown after 4 p.m. Friday.

In an update, the police said the male suspect drove a Nissan Maxima to a Boost Mobile store on Bush River Road. Around 8:30 p.m., the suspect attempted to rob the clerk at gunpoint while dressed as a woman and wearing a wig. The clerk pulled out a gun and shot the suspect in the stomach. The two fired at each other until the suspect fled the store and drove off.

Police say a person who appeared to be a woman wearing a wig and puffy coat got in the vehicle with the driver, presented a gun, and demanded the victim to get out of the car. The victim complied and the woman drove off. Witnesses at the scene said a black Nissan Maxima driven by a male dropped the woman off before the carjacking.

Later, a suspect, later identified as Jackson, drove the black Nissan Maxima to a Boost Mobile store, located at 859 Bush River Road in Columbia, around 8 p.m. and attempted to rob the store clerk at gunpoint. Jackson was reportedly dressed as a woman wearing a wig, police said. The clerk pulled out their own handgun when Jacksons gun malfunctioned and Jackson was shot.

According to Georgetown police, the suspect drove to a Sunoco gas station on Bush River Road and met with a woman, who was driving the stolen Chevrolet Tahoe. The woman, identified as Nautica Morgan, drove the man to a local hospital.

Jackson then drove the Nissan down the street to a Sunoco gas station, where he was picked up by Morgan in the stolen Tahoe. She took Jackson to Richland Memorial Hospital where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the stomach and is in stable condition.

Both vehicles have been recovered by the Richland County Sheriffs Department. The pair will be charged with carjacking in Georgetown and their investigation continues.

After two suspects reportedly carjacked a vehicle in Georgetown, one suspect is recovering after a shootout with a Columbia store clerk.

In Richland County, Jackson will be charged with attempted murder, kidnapping, possession of a firearm during a violent crime, attempted armed robbery, and motor vehicle theft. Morgan has been charged with accessory after the fact for attempted murder, obstruction of justice, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. She is currently detained at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

A carjacking in Georgetown led to a shootout between a Boost Mobile sales clerk and a man dressed as a woman in Columbia on Friday night, according to police.

The Georgetown Police Department responded to a carjacking reported at the Walgreens located at 1098 North Fraser Street, according to a Facebook post by the department. The victim told police that an unknown female opened the passenger side door of her 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe, presented a gun and ordered her to exit the vehicle, the post says. The victim got out of the SUV and went into the Walgreens to seek help as the suspect drove off, the post states.

Witnesses told police that another vehicle, described as a black Nissan, driven by a male had dropped the female suspect off there and was last seen following the Tahoe, according to the post.

Georgetown police reported Saturday morning that at approximately 8:30 p.m. Friday a male driving a black Nissan Maxima entered the Boost Mobile located on Bush River Road in Columbia and attempted to rob the sales clerk, the post states. In response, the clerk pulled out a handgun and shot the male suspect, who was dressed as a woman wearing a wig, starting a gun fight between the two that resulted in the suspect fleeing the store, according to the post.

The suspect drove to a Sunoco gas station, where he was picked up by the female suspect who was driving the stolen Tahoe, the post states. The female suspect, identified as Nautica Morgan, drove the male suspect, identified as Demetrius Lamar Jackson, to Palmetto Richland Hospital in Richland County, where he was treated for gunshot wounds to the stomach and is in stable condition, according to the post.

Police recovered both vehicles and were preparing arrest warrants for both suspects while the investigation continues, the post said.


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