Five people were robbed at gunpoint as they fished near the railway trestle behind Beaufort Plaza on Saturday, according to police.
Shortly before 2:45 p.m., a couple and a separate group of three men were fishing at the trestle near Robert Smalls Parkway when a third group of four men approached. After hanging out in the area for a while, the men began to walk past the groups of fishermen, pulled out handguns and demanded cash, according to a Beaufort Police Department news release.
They took cash and jewelry worth about $545 before taking the victims' cellphones and throwing them in the water, the release said.
One of the victims drove to a nearby business and called 911. Officers from Beaufort and Port Royal, with assistance from the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office K-9 team, searched the area, but did not find the men.
The suspects are described as black males in their late teens or early 20s. Three were wearing black shirts and shorts, while the fourth wore black shorts, a white shirt and a red hat.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call county dispatch at 843-524-2777.
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