South Carolina man robbed restaurant cook preparing free meals for coronavirus hospital workers, cops say

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A South Carolina man was arrested Saturday after robbing a restaurant worker who was preparing free meals for hospital workers battling the coronavirus, authorities said.

Rashard Ashun Holmes Sr., 28, entered the Toast of Charleston on April 17 and stole a bag from an employee who was busy in the kitchen, Charleston police said.

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The bag contained cash, credit and debit cards, and house and car keys, the police report said.

"It just sucks that in these times that I am working at an establishment, doing such good for the community, a scoundrel like this takes advantage of an opportunity and steals my stuff," the cook, David Lennex-Capps, told WCVI-TV following the robbery.

Holmes was charged with petty larceny.

Holmes was charged with petty larceny. (Charleston County Sheriff)

Lennex-Capps was prepping 55 free meals for MUSC Health as part of the restaurant’s "Full Belly, Full Hearts" campaign at the time, the station reported.

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The hot meals are served seven days a week to hospital workers and first responders, along with laid-off hospitality workers and their families, according to the restaurant’s website.

An officer located Holmes more than a week later and took him into custody, police said. He was charged with petty larceny.

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The COVID-19 virus has sickened 5,735 South Carolinians and killed 192 as of Tuesday, according to the state health department's latest data.