Sumter sheriff's office seeks help ID'ing armed robbery suspect

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Sumter County Sheriff's Office is seeking the identity of a man who robbed Young's Convenience Store, in the 3000 block of U.S. 15 South, and verbally threatened the life of the clerk about 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

A report states the suspect - a black man in his 40s wearing a black zip-up hoodie with a red symbol on it, burgundy pants and black shoes - entered the store and asked for a pack of cigarettes.

He then told the clerk to open the register and later went behind the counter and removed the money from the cash drawer himself.

Before leaving the store on foot, the suspect allegedly told the clerk he would shoot her if she tried to follow him. According to the report, the clerk told officers the suspect did not present any type of weapon during the incident.

The man ran in the direction of Bethel Volunteer Fire Station on Nettles Road.

A silent panic alarm was started at 1:35 a.m., and officers arrived on scene at 1:38 a.m., states the report.

Anyone with information can call the sheriff's office at (803) 436-2000 or give an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers electronically by going to www.P3tips.com.

Tips leading to an arrest could result in a cash reward.