July 11, 2014

Former Army private pleads guilty to Swansea armed robbery

A 19-year-old South Carolina man pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to an armed robbery in Swansea.

Denzell D. Grant pleaded guilty to a two-count indictment in connection with an armed robbery in Swansea. The robbery occurred on Oct. 13 when Grant was visiting Swansea with a friend. At the time, Grant was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, and decided to help rob Max's One Stop in Swansea.

Grant was wearing a mask and armed with a loaded gun when he jumped over the counter. Grant then put the gun to a store clerk's head and demanded all of the money. Grant held the gun on the clerk as Grant was led to the cash register.

As the clerk was giving Grant the cash from the register, the clerk grabbed the gun and the two began struggling over the gun. During the struggle, the firearm discharged, injuring the clerk's left hand and striking Grant in the right arm.

A customer helped prevent Grant from escaping until the police arrived.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 24 in East St. Louis.

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