A Hilton Head Island man was charged with armed robbery and fleeing to evade arrest Friday night after he allegedly robbed a Bluffton gas station, wearing a ski mask, and was later taken down by a Sheriff’s Office deputy and his dog.
Tyrek Harrington, 21, was booked into the Beaufort County Detention Center and assigned a bond of $101,087.50 after an armed robbery was reported at the Circle K on Fording Island Road around 11:45 p.m., according to a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office report.
The clerk at the gas station told deputies that a man in a ski mask and gray sweatshirt came into the store and demanded he give him the money from a cash register.
As the man spoke to the clerk, he kept his hand in his pocket “insinuating he had a gun,” the report said.
As the clerk opened the cash register, he told investigators he asked the suspect if he wanted “plastic or paper,” and the man yelled for him to “just give him the money.”
The clerk gave the man around $106 from the register, and the man ran from the business in the direction of Tanger 2 Outlets, the report said.
Another deputy in the area saw a man wearing a gray sweatshirt running down the bike path toward the Lakes at Edgewater apartments and asked him where he was coming from.
The man, later identified by law enforcement as Harrington, told the deputy he was jogging from the apartments.
The deputy told Harrington he was being detained because of a strong armed robbery reported in the area and, as the deputy grabbed Harrington, he “stiffened up” and “passively resisted,” the report said.
Harrington claimed he was being detained for no reason, and the deputy told him that if he resisted or attempted to flee, he would be bitten by the K-9 in his patrol vehicle.
At that point, Harrington allegedly pulled away and ran as the deputy told him to be stop under threat of the dog being released.
When Harrington continued to run, the deputy released the dog and both ran after Harrington.
The deputy noted that the dog passed him in the chase, and that he did not see the dog make contact with Harrington.
However, both the deputy and the dog found Harrington in some brush, where he was held at gunpoint until backup arrived.
As Harrington was handcuffed, the deputy noticed that the dog had bitten him, the report said. They also saw an unknown amount of money on the ground where Harrington had hidden, along with a mask on the ground next to the bike path.
EMS was called to the scene and when they left Harrington allowed deputies to look at his left leg where he said the dog had “apprehended” him.
A deputy noted in the report that four small scratches could be seen, but there were no puncture marks that needed medical attention.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Harrington remained confined at the detention center.