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Columbia County robbery suspect shoots himself during Aiken County hotel robbery

Posted: January 14, 2015 - 12:21am
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A South Carolina man who accidentally shot himself while robbing an Aiken hotel Friday is also wanted for two hotel robberies earlier in the day in Columbia County.

At about 10:35 p.m., deputies responded to the Quality Inn on East Frontage Road in Aiken, according to a statement from Aiken County sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abullah.

While some deputies at the hotel investigated the robbery, another officer on the way to the hotel was flagged down by a man in a car with three others at Edgefield Highway near Interstate 20. The man had a gunshot wound to his leg, according to Abullah. The car he was in matched the description of the one the robbery suspects left in.

Authorities say David P. Dempsey, 27, of Williston, went into the hotel lobby with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk. Before leaving, Dempsey dropped something causing his gun to fire and wound him in the leg, according to Abullah.

Dempsey drove away in the red Ford Focus along with three other people. He was treated at an area hospital before being booked into the Aiken County Detention Center on charges of armed robbery, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and possession of a controlled substance.

Autumn Cooper, 19, of Augusta; Breanna Dudley, 21, of Evans; and Bradley Parrish, 25, of Martinez, were each charged with armed robbery.

Dempsey and Parrish have warrants for their arrest for armed robbery after committing similar robberies at two hotels in Columbia County earlier Friday, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

He said Dempsey went into the Holiday Inn West on Park West Drive near Interstate 20 at about 7:10 a.m., when he asked about room rates. He then told the clerk, “Be cool, this is a robbery. Dempsey then lifted his shirt to expose a black handgun and demanded money. The clerk said she heard the hammer “click” and Dempsey said to go faster, according to as Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report. He wore a camouflage mask covering most of his face. Dempsey left in the passenger side of a red four-door sedan matching the description of the Focus the Aiken County robbers were found in.

Authorities say Dempsey and his get-away driver, Parrish, went to the Comfort Inn on Jimmie Dyess Parkway at about 2:45 p.m., where Dempsey asked about room rates. He then pulled out a silver handgun and put it on the counter, according to the incident report. He demanded cash from the clerk, took the money and left in the same car.

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