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Law Enforcement Report - Nov. 23, 2011

Women accused of kidnapping juvenile, forcing him to steal money

Posted: November 22, 2011 4:31 p.m.
Updated: November 23, 2011 5:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) is investigating a claim that two Cassatt women kidnapped a juvenile male and forced him to take money from an ATM in Camden. According to a KCSO report, the boy said the women threatened to kill him and his family if he didn’t comply.

The boy reportedly told deputies he woke up around 3 a.m. Friday, went outside and sat on a swing. He told deputies a 19-year-old woman began calling his name and then started threatening him, saying she had a gun. The boy said he complied with her order by going back in the house and stealing his grandmother’s debit card. He then reportedly went back outside and the woman held a concealed gun to his back, forcing him to walk to her nearby home.

Once they arrived, the boy told deputies, the woman and a 42-year-old woman living at the same home forced him into a car and drove him to Camden. He said once they reached Camden, the women got out of the car, told him to go to an ATM at the corner of West DeKalb Street and Chesnut Ferry Road Extension and take out $500. He said he followed their instructions, returned in the car to pick up both women and drove back home to Cassatt.

The boy said the women told him to keep $100 of the money so it would appear he was responsible for missing money from his grandmother’s bank account. The victim said he did so and that the women told him not to say anything. The young man, however, kept the ATM receipt and turned it over to deputies.

The boy’s grandmother said she wanted to press charges against both women for kidnapping her grandson and obtaining money from her account.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of Nov. 14-20:

Deputies arrested a 54-year-old Camden man for failing to stop for blue lights on two occasions. Deputies first made contact with the man around 1:30 a.m. Saturday while conducting a check of a Jefferson Davis Highway, east Camden convenience store. A deputy reported the man was acting suspiciously, getting in and out of his car, pumping gas and checking his windshield wipers. The deputy ran a check and discovered the man was driving under suspension. By then, the man had left and the deputy attempted to pull him over on Sherwood Drive. A chase ensued after the deputy activated blue lights. The chase ended when the man drove through the front yard of a residence on a dead-end street and onto the bus driveway behind Camden Middle School. The deputy broke off the pursuit, concerned his patrol vehicle would be damaged. Deputies spotted the man again on Black River Road around 2 p.m. Sunday. A deputy saw a red Saturn coming toward Mt. Olivet Road at high speed (61 mph in a 45 mph zone). A chase began after the deputy activated blue lights and headed onto Precipice Road. The driver reportedly slammed on his brakes at the S.C. 34 intersection, skidding to a stop, then turned right on the highway and left on Hermitage Pond Road. About a half-mile down the road, the driver stopped and got out. The deputy asked him why he had run. The man admitted he had done so because his license was suspended. He faces charges of failing to stop for blue lights, speeding, driving under suspension, possibly DUI and having the wrong tag on his car.

Deputies arrested a 30-year-old Cassatt man on several charges after spotting him traveling in the Mt. Zion and Lawhorn roads area. A deputy reported seeing the man’s blue Ford signal left and then right where there were no turns to make. The deputy got behind the man and observed the car weaving back and forth across the road, going off the right side of the road and jerking back on to the roadway. The man speeded up after the deputy turned on his blue lights and continued increasing speed as the chase continued. The Ford then suddenly pulled to the right, stopped and slid into a ditch. A very strong odor of alcohol reportedly emanated from the car and the deputy saw an open 12-pack of beer inside. Deputies charged the man with DUI, failing to stop for blue light and no having his driver’s license.

Two people living on Springvale Road in Lugoff reported a suspect running away from their vehicles as if he had tried to break into them. Several days earlier, one of the victims reported hearing a loud thud and found an 18-year-old man inside his house and saw his door had been kicked in. The victim said the suspect ran off into the woods and was later spotted leaving the area in a red Ford Explorer. Deputies found the SUV, but not the suspect. Kershaw County Detention Center records indicate the suspect was released from jail sometime on the date the two victims saw him running from their vehicles. In what may or may not be a related report, a woman living nearby reported someone broke into her home and stole two TVs, video game console, camera and video recorder.

Deputies responded to a call of shots fired on Bowman Avenue near the Kershaw County line. Deputies met with a man who said he was trying to repossess a blue 1991 Chevy S-10 pickup when a man and his son ran out of the house yelling. One of the men allegedly went to the truck and started yelling for someone to get his gun. The victim said he got back into his tow truck and began to leave, hearing three gunshots. He said the suspect then left in the truck he had been trying to repossess with the man’s ex-wife and son following in another truck. The victim said he followed both vehicles until the woman turned her pick-up sideways in the road, blocking the man from following the Chevy truck. At that point, the victim decided to turn around and wait at the end of the road until deputies arrived.

Seven people living in the Elgin area reported someone broke into their vehicles and stole items Nov. 13 and 14. Break-ins and or thefts from cars and trucks reportedly were reported from Ole Still Lane, Haigs Creek North, Teaberry Lane and Lillifield Drive. The thieves stole iPods, hand-held video game system, car stereo, range finder, compound bow, hunting rifles, .357 caliber revolver, credit cards and checks. A man living in the area reported seeing some teenagers pulling what appeared to be large tool boxes through his yard into some nearby woods. He said one of his neighbors yelled at the boys and one took off running while the others stayed.

A school resource officer reported two separate bullying incidents at the same high school. In one, a 16-year-old boy is accused of harassing a 15-year-old girl by poking her and taking her drinks and other items. He also allegedly sat in her chair while she was in it, knocking her to the floor. Most recently she accused him of putting his arms around her neck as if to choke her. In the second incident, a 17-year-old boy allegedly asked a juvenile female student for a nude picture of herself. Other girls reported the same thing. Most recently, the boy allegedly went back to the first victim, pulled her into a hallway, pushed her against the wall and tried to kiss her.

Deputies responded to an alarm at a party shop on S.C. 34 east of Camden and found someone removed an air conditioner unit, leaving a hole in one wall of the shop. There were other signs of attempted entry at different points around the building. Deputies located a 17-year-old Camden man walking near the scene and determined he was wearing shoes that matched prints found at the scene. They arrested him, charging him with second degree burglary. The man reportedly admitted to committing the vandalism but claimed he did not try to enter the business.

A Lugoff woman allegedly struck a Rembert woman with her vehicle following an argument at a Lugoff-area elementary school. The victim said the suspect shouted several profanities at her during the argument. She said she tried to reach the safety of her own vehicle when the suspect drove toward her. The victim said she put up her hands in an unsuccessful attempt to stop the suspect from striking her. The victim said she was knocked down but did not suffer any injuries. As of Monday, it did not appear the suspect had been arrested.

A juvenile reported seeing approximately five suspects taking items from a shed in the back yard of a Morning View Lane, Cassatt home and they had broken a living room window. Deputies arriving on the scene spoke with the boy who the suspects were either teenagers or young adults, wearing all black. He said when the suspects saw him, they dropped the items and ran into the woods. The victims said they were not sure exactly what might have actually been stolen.

A 15-year-old girl faces family court charges of possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance after being taken to a nurse’s office at her high school. The nurse found four Xanax pills in the girl’s possession. She had been sent to the nurse after acting sleepy in class. After learning the girl had taken Percocet, the school had her transported to an emergency room by EMS.

Three boys were taken into emergency protective custody after it was determined the children’s parents had not received physician-proscribed medications since August. Two of the boys were removed from class after becoming disruptive. The boys’ mother said she can no longer take care of them because she is homeless.

Deputies arrested a juvenile female following a fight between several students at her high school. School officials and a school resource officer told the girl to calm down; instead, she took a fighting stance and began to use profanity. A brief struggle followed, by the SRO was able to handcuff her before releasing her to her mother.

Someone broke into a Thunderwood Lane, Lugoff home and stole a 32-inch flat screen TV, digital camera, five video games and two T-shirts. Deputies are investigating a nearly identical break-in and theft at a Seegars Mill Road, Camden home where someone entered the home through a window, took five video games, digital camera and two T-shirts.

A woman living on Hinson Branch Road in Lugoff reported being awakened by the sound of someone in her home. She said she got out of bed and ran to her parents’ nearby home. She told deputies that when she left her home she saw a man run out of the house and across the street into the woods.

Investigators are looking into claims made by a county woman that her 18-year-old daughter picked up her juvenile sister from school and drove her to her father’s home in Alabama. The woman alleged there is drug activity in the Alabama home, which she claimed was unfit to live in.

Deputies are investigating a claim that a man now living in Jacksonville, Fla., made his 7-year-old stepdaughter have sex with him in 1992 and 1993. The victim reported that, at the time, her stepfather threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone what happened.

Someone broke into a White Pond Road, Elgin convenience store and $470 in cigarettes.

Someone broke into a Rogers Road, Camden home and stole a single rifle from a gun cabinet in which other rifles were left undisturbed.

Someone broke out the front door glass to a Jefferson Davis Highway, east Camden aquatics business and stole a cash register with $300 inside. Deputies located the register on nearby 1st Street with a large amount of blood on it.

Deputies are searching for a 44-year-old Cassatt man after he allegedly attempted to rape his own wife and strike her with a knife. The woman suffered a small cut to her mouth after he tried to cut her neck.

Someone forced his way into the Cassatt Fire Department on Red Hill Church Road and stole two chainsaws and at least 20 12-packs of soft drinks.

Someone broke into a John Munn Road home near Jefferson and stole a 16-foot john boat, $120 in change and car rims.

Someone broke into a Longtown Road, Lugoff home and stole more than $14,000 in jewelry, firearms and prescription medication.

Someone broke into a Horsehead Road, Lugoff home and stole a 50-inch flat screen TV, video game console and a woman’s class ring.

Someone broke into a Virginia Drive, Camden residence and stole a 36-inch flat screen TV, microwave and $100 worth of quarters.

Someone forced open a bay door at a shop on Smyrna Road near Elgin and stole $3,700 in power garden equipment and tools.

Someone broke into a Steven Campbell Road, Elgin home and stole two fire safes one of which was later found in a neighbor’s yard.

Someone kicked in the front door to a Wildwood Lane, Elgin home and stole two large flat screen TVs and an iPad.

Someone kicked in the front door of a Blaney Road, Elgin home and stole a 47-inch and 27-inch flat screen TVs.

A man living on Old Georgetown Road in Cassatt said someone stole 70 genies worth $3 each from his barn.

Someone broke into an Ebenezer Church Road home north of Camden and stole $5,000 in jewelry.

Someone broke into an Ancrum Ferry Road, Lugoff home and stole two TVs.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with 14 larceny; 12 simple assault; 10 public disorderly conduct; seven vandalism; six burglary; four intimidation; three harassing or obscene phone call, identity theft, shoplifting, simple possession of marijuana and trespassing; two criminal domestic violence, DUI and theft from a motor vehicle; and one 911 hang-up, bad check, breach of trust, forcible fondling, liquor law violation, littering, missing person, narcotics, no driver’s license, reckless driving, runaway, speeding, swindle, theft of motor vehicle parts or accessories, and use of a motor vehicle without consent.

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Camden Police Department (CPD) officers are seeking the whereabouts of a 22-year-old Sumter man who fled from police after they spotted him driving at 64 mph in a 45 mph zone on U.S. 521 heading into Camden.

An officer turned around on the man and activated blue lights, but the suspect did not stop. The man turned into Rhame Arena’s parking lot at a high rate of speed. Instead of following the white Chevy Impala, the officer turned on Bull Street in order to try cutting the suspect off. The suspect turned around, went out the way he came in and then turned right on U.S. 521, right again on to Bull Street and right again into the parking lot.

The officer then saw the man park next to another vehicle, jump out and run quickly out of sight. The officer realized there were five other people inside the Impala, including a juvenile. The officer had all of the adult passengers exit the vehicle at gunpoint and ordered them to the ground. One of the men motioned for someone else to come out, revealing the 4-year-old boy. The officer then put away his pistol, noting that all the subjects were being compliant.

They identified the suspect as the driver. The officer soon learned the man was driving under indefinite suspension and that he took the car keys when he ran. When captured, the man could face charges of failure to stop for police, speeding and child endangerment.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Nov. 14-22:

Two people reported auto break-ins while attending a basketball game at Rhame Arena Saturday. The suspects stole audio equipment, computer and cash.

Someone broke into a Sarsfield Avenue home, but did not take anything from inside. Outside, however, they stole seven sections of sod from the back yard.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with four vandalism; two communicating threats and simple assault; and one aggravated assault, ATM/credit card fraud, breach of trust, counterfeiting, criminal domestic violence, harassment, interfering with a municipal officer, obscene or harassing phone call, public disorderly conduct and theft from a motor vehicle.

Incident reports are provided by the Camden Police Department and Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office and are a matter of public record under the S.C. Freedom of Information Act. If the C-I makes a mistake, it will correct it upon verification with the appropriate law enforcement agency. Readers are cautioned that other individuals may have similar or identical names as those contained in incident reports. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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