The Daily Gamecock

Suspects in robbery arrested

Fourth suspect still sought by Columbia Police Department



Roger Rodriguez, 17; Jaylen Jermaine Travis, 19; and a juvenile have been charged with attempted murder, armed robbery and criminal conspiracy..

The Columbia Police Department is still attempting to identify and bring a fourth suspect into custody who was described as a black male wearing dark overalls over a white T-shirt and a dark hat.

The four men are accused of pulling a gun on the two women and stealing their belongings, including purses containing wallets, money and cell phones. After the theft, the victims attracted the attention of a driver on Blossom who followed the suspects as they fled towards the intersection of Devine and Heidt Streets.

After shots were fired and bullets hit the passenger side of her car, the driver stopped her pursuit, uninjured. CPD investigators believe that the unidentified fourth suspect was the shooter.

Rodriguez has been previously accused of the violent crimes of first degree assault and battery, attempted armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime after allegedly robbing three teenagers walking along Treemont Avenue on Jan. 1, 2012.

Rodriguez was brought into custody early last week on charges related to the Treemont Avenue incident, while Travis and the juvenile suspect were brought into police custody on Friday night.