Woman Robs Store While 7 Year Old Waits in Car
A Newberry woman is in jail this morning charged with robbing a convenience store at knife point while her 7 year old daughter was outside the store waiting. Newberry County Investigators say that just before 2am this morning, a woman entered the Robert’s Citgo located on Wilson Road in Newberry with a small child.
The woman picked up several items from store and went to the register. The child then walked outside of the store and stood in front of the store. When the woman placed the items on the counter, she produced a knife and demanded the money from the register. She took the money, less than $300.00, and the items and left the store. During the robbery, the child walked back inside to go to the restroom, and the suspect later identified as her mother, told her to go back outside of the store. The woman and child then fled the scene. As deputies and investigators were processing the scene, an alert deputy saw a taxi cab go by and observed that in the taxi was a small child in the cab with beads in her hair just as described by the clerk as being worn by the child who was in the store with the woman during the robbery. Law enforcement officers quickly located the taxi and stopped it.
When the Newberry Police Department officer got out of the vehicle, the female suspect ran around the taxi throwing the money taken from the robbery into the air and onto to the ground. She then ran from the officer, who gave chase. She was apprehended after a brief foot chase. The woman left the child in the car as she fled. The suspect was identified as Ethel Mae Nelson, 45, of 2643 Wilson Road, Newberry, SC 29108. Nelson has been arrested and charged with Armed Robbery, Possession of a Weapon During a Violent Crime, and Unlawful Conduct to a Child. Nelson broke her leg during the flight from the officers. She is currently hospitalized awaiting surgery. She remains under law enforcement guard until she can be transferred to the Newberry County Detention Center.The child was taken into Emergency Protective Custody and has been placed into the care of the Department of Social Services. Official charges and bond hearings will occur sometime day.