A man wanted in a string of armed robberies on April 19th across 5 jurisdictions in Georgia and South Carolina was arrested by FBI agents on Sept. 1.
Police say the incidents were executed by James Anderson while he was traveling south on I-95 from North Carolina to his home in Ft. Lauderdale.
During his trip home, he stopped at the EZ Stop IV Station in Ridgeland around 4 a.m. where he held the on duty clerk at gunpoint and demanded money. Prior to the incident, he parked his car between the Burger King Restaurant and Rite Aid Pharmacy located next door, where he later fled the scene.
Anderson then continued traveling south where he executed another robbery in the same fashion at the Octane Station in Hardeeville at 5:38 a.m. His next stop was in the state of Georgia where he conducted two back to back robberies in store at Tanger Outlets in Pooler at 6:15 a.m. and another on Highway 80 East at 6:46 a.m. The next incident occurred at 7:20 a.m. at a Richmond Hill Shell station. Anderson's final robbery occurred at a BP station on Highway 57 in Townsend at 8:02 a.m.
Investigators from each of the 5 jurisdictions immediately began attempting to identify the suspect through surveillance video, while FBI launched their own investigation.
RPD Investigators collected a cigarette butt at the site of the Ridgeland robbery and sent it to the Beaufort County Forensics Laboratory for DNA analysis, which ultimately returned in August with a match from a 2011 burglary case in North Carolina positively identifying Anderson as the suspect in the string of robberies in April.
Officers from the Ridgeland Police Department traveled to the Jasper County Detention Center Monday to serve an outstanding warrant against inmate James Anderson following his extradition from Broward County Florida.