Armed robbery suspect arrested in Aiken Co. after search

Armed robbery suspect arrested in Aiken Co. after search

AIKEN, SC (WFXG) - An armed robbery suspect was arrested Friday after he crashed his vehicle and ran from the scene, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Around 10:30 a.m., a passerby saw a driver running from the scene of a crash that happened at Whiskey Road and Talatha Church Road.

Deputies and officers determine that the driver, 37-year-old Waymon Eugene Newton, and his vehicle matched the description of the suspect and vehicle involved in an armed robbery that happened on Sept. 30 at Bryant's Auto Sales on Whiskey Road.

Officers established a perimeter and called in the Aiken County Sheriff's Office bloodhound tracking team.

Witnesses said they saw Newton enter a residence on Vine Road. Aiken County crisis negotiators, SWAT, SLED and the 2nd Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office responded.

Newton threatened to harm himself, so the SWAT team deployed a chemical agent, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office. Newton exited and surrendered to deputies. 

He was transported to Aiken Regional Medical Center for injuries sustained in the wreck.

He is charged with armed robbery, attempted murder, kidnapping and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Further charges are pending.

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