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Man identified in Kmart robbery that prompted school lockdowns

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Deputies stand outside of Wade Hampton High School following the arrest of a shoplifting suspect nearby. (Nov. 20, 2012/FOX Carolina) Deputies stand outside of Wade Hampton High School following the arrest of a shoplifting suspect nearby. (Nov. 20, 2012/FOX Carolina)
Ahmed King (Greenville Co. Sheriff's Office) Ahmed King (Greenville Co. Sheriff's Office)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies have identified a Liberty man they said was involved in a robbery at a Greenville Kmart that prompted lockdowns at two schools on Tuesday.

Greenville County School officials said Wade Hampton High and the Fine Arts Center were on lockdowns due to a robbery in the area Tuesday, which were lifted just before 10:30 a.m.

Wade Hampton High School is located off Pine Knoll Drive near U.S. 29 in Greenville.

Greenville County deputies said a shoplifting at the Kmart on Wade Hampton Boulevard prompted the lockdowns after reports the thief had a knife.

Master Deputy Laura Campbell said a Kmart employee confronted the shoplifter outside at 10:07 a.m. as the subject tried to flee on a bicycle. She said the shoplifter then cut the employee with a knife and ran away on foot.

Deputies arrested a suspect a short distance away in the parking lot of the Red Lobster restaurant less than 10 minutes later.

Campbell said Ahmed King, 49, was arrested and charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. He is being held at the county jail on $40,000 bond.

The Kmart employee's cut was minor, deputies said.

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