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.
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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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