Terry Lee Windham, 24, of Ruby, S.C., was arrested Thursday after an hours-long manhunt and charged with one felony count of common law robbery. Windham allegedly snatched approximately $200 from the cash drawer and fled the scene.
He was also wanted for two robberies the previous night in Chesterfield County, S.C.
"Witnesses told officers an individual grabbed money from the business’s cash register and fled in a blue vehicle," according to a press release issued by Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen. "Sheriff’s deputies later spotted the vehicle on Hall-Teal Road and attempted to stop it. The suspect abandoned the vehicle and fled into the woods."
Anson's K-9 units were brought in to assist with the search, along with K-9s and deputies from the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office.
After a three-hour search of a heavily wooded area, the suspect was apprehended approximately two miles from the abandoned vehicle where the search began. The money from the robbery was recovered.
Windham was arrested at roughly 2 p.m. on Crawford Pond Road. He was unarmed, according to his arrest report.
Allen said Windham stole his girlfriend's 1994 green Ford Escort, although he said she may not have reported the vehicle as stolen. It was later impounded at Rhyne's Towing in Chesterfield, S.C.
Sheriff Allen said that the assistance of Chesterfield County was instrumental in the apprehension of the suspect. “We were just a few miles from the South Carolina line and the additional help, along with additional K-9s, allowed us to cover a large area and literally box the suspect in until we were able to close in and get him. The K-9s were right on the money. I appreciate Sheriff Sam Parker and his officers' quick response to assist. We have worked really well with his department over the years.”
The sheriff also thanked the N.C. Highway Patrol, who assisted in the search and apprehension.
Windham's court date is set for April 13 at 9:30 a.m. As of Monday, he was being held on a $50,000 bond at the Anson County Jail.