Man arrested in connection to Surfside Beach Pharmacy armed robbery incident


SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A 58-year-old man has been arrested in connection to an armed robbery incident at the Surfside Beach Pharmacy on Nov. 6, 2017, according to a press release from Surfside Beach police.

Richard Allen Ray, 58, has been charged with attempted armed robbery, criminal conspiracy and conspiracy to commit kidnapping.

Officers responded to the Surfside Beach Pharmacy at 320 Hwy 17 North for a reported armed robbery in progress. According to police, two men entered the pharmacy wearing Halloween masks and brandishing a firearm. One of the suspects was carrying materials “believed to be intended to restrain the employees,” the release states.

The business owner fired a gun at one of the suspects in self-defense; the suspects then fled the scene. The investigation is on-going and more arrests are expected, police say.

Ray is currently being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

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