Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announces the arrest of two men in connection to the early morning attempted robbery and shooting at the Waffle House.
Jamal Ford – DOB: 12/26/2000 – was arrested earlier today on charges of armed robbery (attempted), possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and possession of a stolen pistol.
Kenji D. Yates – DOB: 06/14/1998 – was arrested earlier today on charges of armed robbery (attempted) and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
Tuesday, August 11, around midnight Richland County Deputies were dispatched to 2345 Broad River Rd. – Waffle House – for a hold-up alarm. On arrival it was discovered that two black men entered the business pointed guns at the cook and demanded money. The investigation revealed that the suspects were confronted by a good samaritan who was armed, gun fire was exchanged inside the restaurant and the suspects fled without any money. No injuries were reported. The quick response of patrol deputies and K-9 deputies to establish a perimeter and track, led to the arrest of both suspects.
Investigators are asking anyone who was in the restaurant at the time to please contact Sergeant Carwell (803) 576-3144 or the sheriff’s department at (803) 576-3000.
Yates and Ford, both of Lexington, where taken into custody without incident and transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.