A man armed with a handgun attempted to rob a St. Helena Island store as it was opening Sunday morning, according to a news release from the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.
A 50-year employee of the Family Dollar on Sea Island Parkway was unlocking the front door of the store around 6 a.m. when a man armed with a handgun approached her and forced her into the store, the release said.
The man put the gun to the victim's neck and ordered her to disable the security system in the store and tell him the location of the store's safe. The victim complied, but was unable to stop the alarm from sounding. The man ran from the store without taking anything, the release said.
The suspect was described as a black man wearing a maroon hooded sweatshirt, which was pulled over his head to conceal his face.
Anyone with information on the attempted robbery is asked to contact either investigators at 843-255-3418 or S.C. Crime Stoppers at 1-888-274-6372.