Two men arrested after robbery on Wilkes Blvd.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 | 3:10 p.m. CST; updated 8:06 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 4, 2011

COLUMBIA — Columbia police arrested two men yesterday afternoon after responding to a call at the Mediacom office on Wilkes Boulevard.

Police were dispatched to the location around 1:30 p.m. after receiving a call that a man with a handgun entered the Mediacom building, looked around and then left, Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Jill Wieneke said in an e-mail.

En route, police were told someone had been robbed in the parking lot of the office.

Wieneke said the report was from a secondhand source, and whether one of the suspects actually entered the Mediacom building or was just in the parking lot is not clear.

The robbery victim and witnesses directed police to a car parked across the street in a bay of College Avenue Car Wash, according to Wieneke's e-mail. Two people were standing outside the vehicle and were immediately detained. The third person was ordered out of the vehicle and detained.

Police searched the vehicle and found marijuana inside, Wieneke said. The gun has not been located.

Police did not have necessary evidence to arrest one of the three. Rashad Washington, 23, was arrested on an active warrant, and Demetrice Tatum, 25, was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana. Both are Columbia residents.

The victim is not pressing robbery charges, Wieneke said.

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