Williston restaurant robbed

  • Police respond to a robbery at the Hong Kong restaurant. (Photo Contributed)

Police are searching for two suspects who robbed a Williston Chinese restaurant on Jan. 18.

The Hong Kong Chinese restaurant on Main Street was robbed around 7 p.m. on Jan. 18 by two black males. One suspect was described as a black male in his 40s who was wearing a camouflage jacket and possibly had a salt and pepper goatee while the other suspect was a younger black male, according to a police report provided by the Williston Police Department.

“The man with the camo jacket had a silver and black handgun that he had pointed at her, saying, ‘I don’t want to hurt you, I just need the money,’” according to the victim’s account in the report.

The victim tried to grab her phone to call 911, but one of the suspects took the phone away from her and started grabbing at the iPad on top of the cash register, although it was recovered at the scene. The men then grabbed approximately $600 from the register and fled the restaurant, stated the report.

Williston police officers responded along with the dog team from the Barnwell County Sheriff’s Office. The dogs started at the intersection of Burkhalter and Main streets where the suspects were last seen and went down Burkhalter. They followed the trail to the front gate and into the building of the Dayco plant, but the “dogs couldn’t track anymore due to the slick floors,” stated the report.

No arrests have been made as of press time, but Williston Police Chief Rodney Pruitt said they are following some “promising leads.” A reward is available for information leading to the arrest or conviction of the suspects.

Anyone with information about the robbery should contact the Williston Police Department at (803) 266-7011.