Suspect in robbery, kidnapping called 911

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Goose Creek Police Department release a series of 911 calls recorded during a June 3 robbery and kidnapping on Redbank Road. The suspect in the alleged crimes, Christopher Flowers, was arrested and charged.
While he was in the Beer and Tobacco Food Mart, Flowers called 911 a number of times and eventually police talked him into surrendering over the phone.
“I have a man, I attempted to rob him and uh, things didn’t go the way I planned,” Flowers told a dispatcher. “Police has this place surrounded, I just want them to know a little bit of time and I’ll come out.”
“Is it just you and the employee in there?” the dispatcher asked.
“Yeah,” Flowers said.
“And you were attempting to rob him?”
“Yeah, I was attempting to rob him and the police came.”
At first Flowers would not give his name to the dispatcher and said he would not exit the store at the time because he “had to make some calls.”
A woman who identified herself as his fiancÚ, Christina Brown, called 911, to tell officers Flowers was scared.
“We’ve been having a lot of money problems,” she said. “He has a fine due. We have four children. They sent him a letter saying he has court July 1 and he’s flipping out over it.”
When officers called Flowers back they asked if the victim was hurt. Flowers told police he thinks his hand was grazed by a bullet.
“I have to stay on the phone because I have a lot of police officers out there and I don't want anybody to get hurt,” an officer said.
When asked, Flowers told an officer over the phone he was midway in the store and could see the front and the back. The officer told him to walk to the front door with his hands up in the air.
“Is the owner tied up?”
“He was. I let him go.”
Flowers handed the phone to the victim so the officer would tell the victim to stay where he is to make Flowers feel better about walking to the front door without being shot by the victim. The officer kept telling Flowers he wanted the interaction to end peacefully.
“I want it to end peaceful, too,” Flowers said.
“That’s what we all want,” the officer said, again coaxing Flowers to head to the front door and surrender. The officer told him to unlock the front door.
“Hands behind your back,” an officer apparently says after Flowers surrenders to police and the phone call is still live. “This is not the victim.”


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