Beaufort News

Four teens charged in attempted armed robbery

Four Hilton Head Island teens were charged with attempted armed robbery and criminal conspiracy after they tried to rob two Georgia women late Saturday at Coligny Plaza, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office report.

Joseph Decoriyus Burton, 17, Nicholas Gregory Jacquin, 17, were charged as adults and two 16-year-old boys were charged as juveniles.

Burton, who owned a pellet gun used in the incident, also was charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to the report.

The women from Martinez, Ga., told investigators they were returning to their hotel from a gas station near Coligny at about 11:30 p.m. when they noticed a group of men wearing hooded sweatshirts walking behind them. As the women began to walk faster, they heard a clicking sound, and turned to see one man hold up a black gun, the report said.

The women quickly ran to a nearby restaurant, where they called 911, according to the report.

A witness told deputies he saw four men run to a red Dodge truck and drive away. Deputies saw a truck matching that description near the Cross Island Parkway and pulled it over, the report said.

Burton told investigators the four decided to rob someone because "they needed some money," the report said.

Burton and Jacquin were released from the Beaufort County Detention Center on their own recognizance Sunday morning, according to the jail log. The two 16-year-olds will face charges in Family Court.