Man arrested in connection with November loan office robbery

info@islandpacket.comDecember 19, 2013 

A man involved in the Nov. 11 robbery of a Beaufort loan office was arrested Thursday by U.S. Marshals in Colleton County, according to a spokesman for the Beaufort Police Department.

Marshals apprehended Brandon Raheem Taylor, 30, in Colleton County, Beaufort Police Chief Matt Clancy said. Taylor was wanted in connection with the Nov. 11 robbery of Carolina Title Loans on Ribaut Road and charged with armed robbery and kidnapping, Clancy said.

Taylor and 32-year-old Beaufort resident Joshua Reed, armed with handguns, robbed the loan office about 11:30 a.m. Nov. 11, according to police reports. Taylor forced the office's employees into a bathroom at gunpoint, Clancy said.

A silver Dodge Magnum seen leaving the office location was pulled over by police on Parris Island Gateway shortly after the robbery. Reed remained in the car and was arrested, but Taylor ran, touching off a search around Community Bible Church in Beaufort.

K-9 units searched the area and the church buildings as a precaution, but Taylor was not found. Police kept a perimeter around the church for nearly two hours.

Taylor is being held without bail at the Beaufort County Detention Center, according to the jail log. Reed, who was also charged with armed robbery, is being held at the detention center in lieu of $175,000 bail.

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