Matthew Williams and Porsha Gage (Source: Spartanburg County Detention Center)
UNION, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Union County Sheriff David Taylor announced on Wednesday the arrest of two people in connection with multiple robberies at businesses in several Upstate counties.
Taylor said Matthew Williams, 26, and Porsha Gage, 23, were arrested Tuesday at a Spartanburg hotel on several strong armed robbery warrants. He said they had just been released from prison earlier in the year.
Taylor said the pair were previously arrested in July 2011 and charged with criminal conspiracy, two counts of armed robbery and one count of attempted armed robbery, for incidents in Spartanburg, Union and Greenville counties.
According to Taylor, Williams and Gage served time on the charges. He said each of them was sentenced to eight years in 2011, suspended to four years incarceration, four years probation.
Williams was released on March 21. Gage was released on Jan 31, 2014, Taylor said.
"This is a perfect example of a judicial system that is broke," Taylor said during a press conference on Wednesday.
Taylor said the pair are connected to robberies in at least five Upstate counties including Spartanburg, Greenwood, Laurens, Greenville and Union counties since their release.
Williams and Gage mostly robbed check cashing businesses and at least one Dollar General store, Taylor said.
He said they carried a plastic gun and a hammer for some of the robberies. According to Taylor, they were using two different vehicles in the robberies, a Chevy Impala and a Honda Accord with blacked out windows.
"I'd like to see people go to jail and stay there. They can't adapt to society. They get out in less than two years and they're right back robbing the same places they robbed two years ago," Taylor said.
According to online jail records they are both charged with two counts of strong armed robbery and face several drug charges after the recent arrest.
Taylor said they have several holds on the suspects from other agencies.
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