Lancaster, South Carolina February 1, 2017 Update February 6, 2017
Armed Robbery – Flat Creek Quick Stop
The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man who robbed the Flat Creek Quick Stop at 3562 Gold Mine Highway (Highway 601), Kershaw. Deputies were dispatched to the store Tuesday night, January 31, 2017, at 8:27 p. m. Two employees were working. No customers were in the store. The robber entered the store and demanded money. When one of the employees asked if he were serious, he pulled a handgun on the employees. The robber took cash from the register and left the store. One of the employees followed him to the door, and he pointed the handgun at her from the parking lot and threatened to shoot her. The robber then ran toward Gold Mine Highway. The employee locked the door, and the other employee dialed 911. The robber did not fire his handgun, and no one was injured during the incident.
Several deputies, an investigator, a crime scene investigator, and a K-9 unit responded to the store. The K-9 tracked the robber a short distance on Gold Mine Highway before losing the scent trail. The incident was video recorded. Attached are photographs of the robber.
The robber is a white male of average height and build. He has strawberry blond hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a heavy green camouflage jacket and a solid green ski mask covering all of his head except his eyes. The shirt under his open jacket has a distinctive logo over the left breast. He was wearing light colored boots. The handgun is a black semi-automatic pistol.
“We welcome any help we can get identifying this robber,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “If you recognize this person, please call us. If you were in the area before, during, or after the robbery and saw anything suspicious or out of the ordinary, please call us.”
Update February 6, 2007
Eric Dwight Napper, age 24, of Kershaw was arrested Friday afternoon, February 3, 2017, and charged with Armed Robbery and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Violent Crime in connection with the robbery of the Flat Creek Quick Stop last Tuesday night. Napper was developed as a suspect after investigators received information in response to the release of still photographs taken from the Flat Creek Quick Stop surveillance video. Napper lives a short drive from the store. Investigators arrived at Napper’s home with a search warrant Friday afternoon to look for evidence related to the robbery. Another investigator continued his investigation at the store, and Napper walked into the store while the investigator was there. He agreed to go with the investigator to the sheriff’s office to be interviewed as his home was being searched. Investigators at the home found the shirt and boots believed to have been worn by Napper during the robbery. At the conclusion of the interview and the search of his home Napper was arrested, and warrants were served upon him early Saturday. His bond was denied during a bond hearing later in the day Saturday. Napper remains incarcerated at the Lancaster County Detention Center. A photograph of Napper is attached.
“I cannot overemphasize the value of the assistance we receive from the public in cases like this,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “We put out surveillance photos the day after the robbery, and by the next day Napper was developed as a suspect based on information from multiple sources. We really appreciate this kind of citizen help.”