Armed Man Robs South Carolina Chick-fil-A, Gas Station within 30 Minutes

(WYFF 4) An Upstate man is accused of robbing an Upstate Chick-fil-A and a gas station within 30 minutes, according to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said they got a call at about 5 a.m. Monday about an armed robbery at the Shell Gas Station near River Road.

Authorities said the suspect left in a white Kia sedan.

Deputies said they tracked down the vehicle near Interstate 85 but the driver sped off.

Deputies deployed stop sticks around Pearman Dairy Road but they said this only temporarily slowed down the suspect.

They said the suspect, later identified as Ja-Qis McCollough, crashed the car into a large dirt pile and led deputies on a foot chase.

Deputies said they soon learned McCollough was also behind an armed robbery along Clemson Boulevard at the Chick-fil-A less than 30 minutes before he committed his crime at the Shell gas station.

McCollough is charged with armed robbery, failure to stop for blue lights, driving under suspension and unlawful carrying of a pistol.

Authorities said McCollough has a lengthy criminal record, a prior armed-robbery offense in another Upstate county and was recently released from prison.