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Augusta Teen Murder Suspect Tried to Kill Aiken Deputies in 2022, Cops Say

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Robert McBride was just 15 when he allegedly killed a man on Peach Orchard Road in Augusta near a gas station. That was October 2022.

The juvenile then fled to Aiken County and shot at deputies three weeks later when they tried to capture the murder suspect during a gunfight on Storm Branch Road in Beech Island. A bullet landed in the neck area of a deputy, but the officer miraculously survived because of his bulletproof vest. McBride was not injured.

This week, McBride was transported from a juvenile facility to the Aiken County Detention Center. A judge ordered the violent teen to be tried as an adult, leading to his transfer to adult jail and the release of his name and photo, sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah said. McBride is now 17.

The 17 year old is charged with five counts of attempted murder, weapon possession and possession of a stolen pistol.

Details of both cases. Nathaniel Mack, 29, was shot across the street from the Circle K on Peach Orchard Road in Augusta around 3 a.m. Oct. 10, 2022. The victim ran inside the gas station, where he collapsed and died.

The mother of the victim’s children says Mack was a kind father to his three kids and had a good heart. She said he was on his way home from his aunt’s house.

On Oct. 28, the Aiken County deputy was grazed by a bullet in an afternoon shootout with the teen. The deputy was also grazed in the forearm when shots were fired on Storm Branch Road in Beech Island. The officer’s name was not released because he handles sensitive cases.

The teen suspect was taken into custody and held at the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice, where he has remained until his transfer to ACDC on Monday.

It is not clear when or if McBride will be extradited to face the murder charges in Richmond County, but it’s likely to happen only after South Carolina has finished with him.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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