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Armed Robbery Arrests
04/26/2017

Lancaster, South Carolina April 27, 2017

 

Armed Robbery

 

            Two people were arrested in connection with the report of an armed robbery Monday night, April 24, 2017.  Deputies of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a town home at 1915 Sandal Brook Road in Indian Land at about 11:20 p. m.  The town home is just down the street from the sheriff’s office Indian Land Substation.  Deputies found the 25-year-old male victim outside.  He reported that he knew Morgan Joyce Varn, age 24, who lived in the town home.  She invited him over.  Also present inside the town home were Jonathan Mikael Robinson, age 23, of Charlotte, another adult female with Robinson, and two other adult males.  According to the victim, Robinson was armed with a handgun.  Varn demanded the victim’s cell phone and money, and he gave them to her.  Varn smashed the screen on the phone.  Varn also threatened the victim with an ashtray.  The victim left the town home, and someone threw his phone out behind him.  The phone was inoperable, so the victim went to a neighboring home to call 911.

 

            The three deputies on the scene attempted to call the occupants out of the home.  The two other adult males did come out, leaving Robinson, Varn, and the other adult female inside.  An investigator arrived and made telephone contact with Varn, who said they would come out.  They did not, and Varn would no longer answer her phone. Other officers, investigators, a crisis negotiator, and the SWAT team arrived.  A search warrant was obtained.  Neighbors were moved to safety.  The crisis negotiator unsuccessfully called out to the occupants for several hours over a patrol car public address system.  The decision was made for the SWAT team to toss a telephone into the town home as a final attempt to communicate with the occupants.  When the door was opened, Varn and the other adult female were brought out and detained.  Robinson did not answer the phone and continued to refuse to come out.  After several minutes, the SWAT team entered the home and took Robinson into custody.  The home was searched, and a pistol and ammunition were found.  The pistol had been reported stolen in an Indian Land carbreaking  in July of last year.  A substantial amount of cash was found on Robinson when he was booked into the Lancaster County Detention Center.  Robinson is charged with Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Violent Crime, and Possession of a Stolen Pistol.  Varn is charged with Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, and Malicious Injury to Personal Property.  Varn signed a personal recognizance bond on the property damage charge, but bond was denied for Robinson and Varn on all the other charges.  Attached are photographs of Robinson and Varn.

 

            Sheriff Barry Faile said, “We had three people and a pistol inside that home and for hours did everything we could to get them to come out.  When they didn’t, we had to go in and get them.  Fortunately, no weapons were discharged and nobody was hurt.  That is the outcome we always want.”    

 

            Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372) or email www.crimestopperssc.com.