Victim’s statement read at bond hearing for alleged kidnapper
A Goose Creek man appeared in bond court June 4 after being arrested June 3 on four charges after an apparent armed robbery.
Christopher Gordon Flowers, 31, was charged with armed robbery, attempted murder, kidnapping and possession of a firearm during a violent crime for his evident involvement in the June 2 incident at the Beer and Tobacco Food Mart at 139 Redbank Road.
Goose Creek Police Department investigators allege Flowers barricaded the store owner inside, beat him and robbed him.
Goose Creek Municipal Judge Shirley Johnson set Flowers’ bond at $20,000 per charge for a total bond amount of $80,000.
Flowers did not appear to have an attorney. Seven uniformed law enforcement officers were present at the hearing along with a victim advocate.
GCPD Victim’s Advocate Levolia Rhodes read a statement on behalf of the victim who did not appear in court due to his physical and mental condition, according to Rhodes.
The victim could hardly swallow, was in pain and was restrained for one and a half hours during the incident, according to the statement Rhodes read. She continued that he has a wife and three children.
The victim requested for Flowers’ bond to be denied, according to the statement read in court.
“If the Goose Creek Police Department did not respond he feels he would have been a dead man,” Rhodes said. “He was threatened with his life and his families’ lives were threatened also.”
The defendant’s fiancÚ, who has children in common with Flowers, was present at the hearing and spoke to reporters outside afterward.
She would only identify herself as Christina. She contested the statement read in court and said Flowers was behind on bills and made a bad decision because he didn’t want to go to jail and owed some money to the court after an attempt to get a 15-day extension which was denied, she said.