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Man wanted by Lexington police for Strong Armed Robbery

Lexington, SC – Chief Terrence Green said Wednesday evening that the Lexington Police Department has obtained warrants for Joseph Antonio Drafts, Sr., age 46 of Greenwood, South Carolina. He is wanted for his involvement in an attempted strong-arm robbery that occurred on the evening of Monday, March 2, 2020, that left the victim injured.

The victim told officers that at approximately 6:00 p.m., that the suspect had given him a ride and drove him to Kettle Court off of West Main Street. Once there, Drafts began assaulting him while also trying to take money from the victim’s pocket. The victim was able to flee from the vehicle, but Drafts chased him down and continued to assault him by striking his face and head. The victim refused to give the suspect any of the money and he finally fled from the scene in a dark red Buick sedan.

The victim reported the incident to the Lexington Police Department the following day and officers could see that he had multiple injuries to his face and head. He had a swollen eye socket, cuts and bruising, swelling to the jaw area and blood inside his eyeball.

The Lexington Police Department has arrest warrants for Joseph Drafts, Sr. for the felony charges of Attempted Strong Arm Robbery, Assault & Battery 1st Degree and Kidnapping.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Joseph Drafts, Sr. is asked to contact Detective Payton at 803-358-7271.

Those with information can also contact Midlands Crimestoppers in the following ways:

PHONE TIP — Call the toll free number at 1-888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372).

WEB TIP — Go to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and click “Submit a Tip”.

MOBILE TIP — Download the new P3 Tips app on your Apple or Android Device.

You can provide information anonymously through Midlands Crime Stoppers. Your tip could earn you a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for this crime.

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