GAFFNEY, SC (FOX Carolina) – Gaffney’s police chief said a Cricket Wireless employee was beaten and hit by car during an armed robbery Wednesday morning.
It happened around 11:30 a.m. at the store on West Floyd Baker Boulevard.
During the robbery, the employee was hit in the head outside store and was then struck by the suspects' black Hyundai before the vehicle fled.
Captain Ron Ramsey said he spotted the suspects' Hyundai while driving on West Floyd Baker Blvd. and initiated a traffic stop on North Logan Street.
Inside the car, police found three suspects and the items that were stolen during the robbery.
Ramsey said Walter Beaty of Chester, SC, Darin Dawkins of Kings Mountain, NC, and Emond Lacy of Mount Holly, SC, were all arrested and charged with armed robbery.
The employee was taken to the hospital with injuries but is expected to recover.
On Wednesday, March 6, FOX Carolina spoke with the employee on camera about what happened. Wael Waked had just started at the store; he was a new employee, working his first day on the job when the robbery happened. But he thought it would be his last.
“The guy who was driving he just jumped out of the car and he hit my head from here and he had a gun and started hitting my body on the backside until I fell on the floor, said Waked. “I thought to myself, 'today is going to be the last day of my life. They’re going to kill me.'”
Ramsey said detectives are reviewing surveillance footage to determine how the robbery went down.