A robbery occurred at 1:40 a.m. today at the corner of Elm and Virginia Street West, said Sgt. Eric Hodges of the Charleston Police Department.
Harold Larue, 32, of Charleston, with speaking with two people when one of them attacked him, Hodges said. Larue was punched in the face and knocked to the ground by a man who searched his pockets and took his watch, Hodges said.
A suspect was arrested two blocks away.
Melvin Murray Jr., 49, of Charleston, was arrested on charges of first-degree robbery and taken to the South Central Regional Jail, Hodges said.
Larue suffered lacerations on the side of his face and was transported to St. Francis Hospital for medical attention, he said.