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ABIN L. LOWMAN


Deputies are seeking other suspects after releasing -- and apologizing -- to a man cleared of being involved in an armed robbery and kidnapping, according to a release from the Saluda County Sheriff's Office.

Jerry Kirk, of Saluda, was eliminated as a suspect in the case of a March 8 robbery after he cooperated with investigators. There was evidence at the crime scene suggesting his involvement, but he was released Sunday after further investigation, the release said.

Authorities said two armed men went into a residence at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Persimmon Hill Golf Course Community. They grabbed the two homeowners, separated them, and bound their hands behind their backs before taking things from the residence, including keys to a vehicle, according to deputies.

The two homeowners are doing well now, and deputies were able to recover the vehicle in Aiken County by using its GPS system, the release said. Two men were originally identified and arrested in connection to the robbery, including the later-released Kirk.

Further investigation has led to a total of four suspects being named in the incident: Abin Lee Lowman, of Edgefield County; James Christopher Wilson, of Lauren, Maryland; Robert Goodwin Jr., of Maryland; and Joshua Lee Darien, of Maryland.

Lowman and Wilson were taken into custody, the release said, with Wilson being arrested by Maryland Transit Police on March 11. Investigators expect to have the other two suspects in custody soon.

Each suspect is wanted on charges of first-degree burglary, kidnapping, use of a weapon during a violent crime, armed robbery, impersonating the police and grand larceny.

Anyone with knowledge or information about these people or their whereabouts is urged to call the sheriff's office at 864-445-2112, or Crime Stoppers at 888-274-6372.