Thursday, March 27, 2014
Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson announced earlier this week that a Berkeley County Jury found defendant Joseph Mack guilty of three counts of Strong Armed Robbery and one count of Failure to Stop for a Blue Light.
Circuit Court Judge Carmen Mullen sentenced Mack to the maximum 15 years for each of the three Strong Armed Robbery offenses and then ran a three-year sentence for Failure to Stop for a Blue Light consecutively, totaling 18 years.
The three victims, all long distance truck drivers, were preparing for a haul in a truck yard in Hanahan during the evening hours of Jan. 6, 2013, when they were approached by the defendant. He demanded money, jewelry, and other personal possessions before fleeing.
Officers with Hanahan Police Department responded quickly to the 911 call and attempted to stop Mack as he fled the scene. Although signaled by lights and sirens from at least three police cars, Mack refused to stop and led the officers on a mile long chase, ending by crashing into a mobile home. While he fled, Mack threw the stolen goods out of the car window, which officers were able to locate by walking the path that the pursuit had taken. All of the victims’ stolen property was recovered and returned to them.
Two of the victims were able to identify Mack as the person who had robbed them that same evening. Assistant Solicitor Colleen E. Taylor: “The victims will always be affected by this incident, but we are glad that we were able to take a dangerous man off the streets to give them some peace of mind.”
The case was prosecuted by Taylor and Assistant Solicitor Charles Condon.