Three suspects arrested, one still on the loose after attempted robbery, chase

Three men are in jail and police are still looking for another suspect after an attempted robbery and police pursuit Tuesday night, according to Barnwell Police Chief Todd Gantt.


Tiquan Shurod Jenkins, Isaiah Sharif Russell and John Willis Garrett were each charged with attempted armed robbery and possession of a firearm during a violent crime, Gantt said. They are being held at the Barnwell County Detention Center.


The police report states four male suspects went to the home of Alex Hayward Jr. on Carokee Lane in Barnwell at 8:10 p.m. and knocked on the door. When Hayward's daughter answered the door the men said they were looking for "Willie." She denied them entry and closed the door, but as she walked away the men entered the residence and began yelling asking where "Willie" was. She told police one of the men had a pistol.


Hayward told the men to leave, and while at the door one of the suspects pulled out a "chrome revolver" and told Hayward to give him his money.


Gantt said he thinks the suspects went to the wrong home but decided to try and rob the residents anyway. The police report states Hayward and his daughter told police who "Willie" is, and that police were able to contact him.


Hayward closed the door and the men left. His daughter told police the suspects left in a beige Chevy Tahoe. Barnwell Police put out a description of the vehicle to other law enforcement agencies.


At 9:50 p.m., a Barnwell County Sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle matching the description at the BP gas station on Dunbarton Boulevard. The driver did not stop when the officer attempted to pull the vehicle over, and a chase ensued.


The chase ended in Aiken County north of New Ellenton on Hwy. 278 with the assistance of New Ellenton Police and the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.


Jenkins, Russell and Garrett were arrested at the scene while the fourth suspect fled and is still on the loose, Gantt said.


Gantt said police are still not sure who was driving the vehicle.


A South Carolina Driver's License, which identifies a man matching a description given by Hayward and his daughter, was found in the vehicle. Gantt said it's probably the fourth suspect but did not give a name. He said police need to confirm it first.


The police report states Jenkins is 24 and lives on Bignon Street in Barnwell. It says Russell is 28 and lives in Aiken, and Garrett is 27 and lives in Denmark.


Gantt said he couldn't provide details of the chase since Barnwell P.D. was not involved in it. A message seeking details has been left with Sheriff Ed Carroll.