Man accused of robbing Foodland arrested

By Staff reports

Authorities have arrested a man accused of robbing the Spring Street Foodland in Charleston earlier this week.

Lt. Steve Cooper of the Charleston Police Department said police detectives, Kanawha County sheriff’s deputies and federal marshals arrested Yul “Scamp” Carter, 55, on Hannah Drive around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Cooper said police received tips from the public that helped them identify and locate Carter after releasing details on the suspect.

Carter allegedly walked into the Foodland around 9:15 p.m. Monday, pulled a revolver out of his pants and handed the clerk a plastic shopping bag he demanded the clerk fill with cash. The clerk complied, and Carter then allegedly fled on foot with the cash. Cooper wouldn’t say Wednesday how much cash was stolen.

“Obviously, we’re happy to get this guy incarcerated,” Cooper said. “Clearly the crime he committed was a crime of violence and posed an extreme danger to innocent victims.”

In addition to first-degree robbery, Cooper said, Carter is charged with a federal supervised release violation unrelated to the robbery. Cooper didn’t have details of that violation. Carter will be taken straight to jail on the second charge and be arraigned by video on the first-degree robbery charge.

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