The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Smythe Street in the Wattsville community at 6:46 Tuesday evening. A woman reported observing a man wearing a bandanna over his face and holding a big black gun. Her cousin and another man ran across the street, then she observed the man with the gun bring her cousin back across the street with a gun to his back.
The alleged armed robber was then seen running through an alley. As Laurens City Police and Highway Patrol officers also arrived, deputies received news of a subject seen entering the old Mill. Sheriff’s Lt. Christopher Martin and officers from Laurens Police and Highway Patrol jumped the fence and entered the mill. Approaching a building on the Swygert side of the mill officers observed a man jump up from under some wood and take off running towards the Lucas Avenue side of the mill. They were able to take him into custody. Although he allegedly gave another name, he was identified as 24-year-old Kakeen Qudell Evans.
Meanwhile, the cousin seen held at gunpoint had reportedly left the scene with a girlfriend to go to a location on Easy Street. He was brought back to the scene of the Armed Robbery to be interviewed as a victim. Deputies reportedly were informed that the victim, Dandrell Stevenson, had run across the street and fallen to the ground. When approached by the gunman, he reportedly turned over his wallet, but was told to turn over the rest. He then reportedly was walked back across the street with a gun to his back, where he turned over a backpack. It reportedly contained marijuana, a black 44 caliber revolver and some $227 in cash.
The Sheriff’s Office charged 24-year-old Hakeem Qudell Evans of 107 Charleston Street, Laurens with Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Use of a Weapon During a Violent Crime, Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of a Felony. Warrants from Lt. Martin state that on September 17th Evans took a gun and drugs from the victim while armed with a handgun, a deadly weapon. This allegedly occurred at 20 Smythe Street. He allegedly confined, kidnapped or abducted the victim Dondrell J. Stevenson from 20 Smythe Street, putting a handgun to the victim and forcing him to go behind the residence. Evans was allegedly in possession of a firearm as a person who has been convicted of a violent crime.
Hakeen Evans is also charged with Giving False Information to Law Enforcement and with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute. Warrants allege that on September 17th Hakeem Q Evans knowingly and willingly gave false information in regards a criminal investigation by providing a false name to an investigator of the Sheriff’s Office. He is also alleged to have possessed 93.3 grams of marijuana with intent to distribute.
During arraignment yesterday, bond denied on all six charges. Hakeem Qudell Evans remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning, with a Hold for Greenville.
The victim of the Armed Robbery, 26-year-old Dondrell Jerod Stevenson of 145 Cook Road, Cross Hill was also arrested and held overnight for warrants. He was charged yesterday with Distribution of Marijuana and with Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.
Lt. Martin states that Dondrell J. Stevenson was in possession of 93.3 grams of marijuana with intent to distribute, and that he was in possession of a handgun which is illegal as he has been convicted of a violent crime. Cash or Surety bonds were set at $20,000 on the drug charge and $25,000 on the firearms case. Dondrell Stevenson remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning with bonds totaling $45,000.