An employee of Beaufort's historic Parish Church of St. Helena was robbed at gunpoint by a man late Saturday at the church's office, according to a Beaufort Police Department news release.
The 37-year-old employee was locking up the office of the church at 505 Church St. at about 10 p.m. when a man brandishing a silver handgun approached the employee and demanded cash, the release said.
The suspect then forced the man back into the church, where he crudely tied him up and took his wallet and car keys and fled, the release said.
The employee managed to quickly free himself and called 911.
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Moments later, Beaufort police officers arrived and saw the suspect trying to drive off in the employee's car. The man fled on foot and police were not able to find him, the release said.
Beaufort County Sheriff's Office K-9 team also assisted in the search but could not locate the man, the release said.
The suspect was described as a black male dressed in black clothing, according to the release.
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Beaufort investigators at 843-322-7958 or the Beaufort County Dispatch Center at 843-524-2777.