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Cops: Ask help to ID suspects, anything in brutal crime

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Saturday, September 29, 2018

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The photographs were taken from video surveillance outside of the W.E. Willis Grocery, during the morning of Sept. 25.
 

The photographs were taken from video surveillance outside of the W.E. Willis Grocery, during the morning of Sept. 25.

 

Investigators with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office are looking for help in identifying individuals who robbed a convenience store owner and then viciously attacked the owner and shot his wife in their Greenville County home.

The Sheriff’s Office has released images they hope will help them identify several men who robbed a grocery store, beat the owner and shot his wife.

Five masked men robbed a convenience store owner at gunpoint, forced him into his car to drive to his house and then attacked the owner and shot his wife in their Greenville County home early Thursday morning, according to Greenville County deputies.

The car was recovered a short time later, deputies said.

Deputies are asking residents in the Green Valley community to check their surveillance footage for suspicious activity from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. Thursday and to call Crime Stoppers with any information.

Deputies were called to the W.E. Willis Grocery 5 at 3601 Hwy. 414 at 5 a.m. Thursday after an employee found the store disorganized.

Deputies were then dispatched to the owner's home on Sweetgum Road and found the door unlocked. The owner Warren Willis and his wife were tied up inside and deputies said the wife had been shot and owner badly beaten. The owner is doing well but his wife remains in critical condition, according to a family member.

The photographs were taken from video surveillance outside of the W.E. Willis Grocery, during the morning of Sept. 25.

“We understand the subpar image quality of the photographs, however Investigators hope that the community might recognize clothing or any other particularity available in the pictures,” Lt. Ryan Flood stated.

“If anyone has information pertaining to this case, please call Crime Stoppers of Greenville at 23-CRIME,” Flood stated. “As a reminder, Crime Stoppers offers a reward up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest. This is in addition to the publicized reward ($25,000) offered by the family of the victims.”

 

 

 

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