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Law Enforcement Report - Dec. 7, 2011

N.J. fugitive still in jail after high speed chase

Posted: December 6, 2011 3:50 p.m.
Updated: December 7, 2011 5:00 a.m.

A New Jersey man is still being held at the Kershaw County Detention Center (KCDC) following a high speed chase on I-20 involving U.S. Marshals and Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies Thursday.

Marvin Antonio Montgomery, 34, of Baltic Avenue, Atlantic City, N.J. -- wanted for a parole violation, aggravated assault, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and receiving stolen property -- led marshals and deputies on a high speed chase on I-20 into Richland County after locating him in Camden.

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said the U.S. Marshals’ Florence office asked for KCSO assistance in apprehending Montgomery. According to a KCSO incident report, deputies located Montgomery in the parking lot of the McDonald’s/Tiger Shop on Wall Street. The reporting KCSO investigator said Marshals approached Montgomery on foot, giving loud verbal commands to exit his vehicle and that he was under arrest. Instead of complying, however, Montgomery reportedly sped out of the parking lot in his white Pontiac Grand Prix onto U.S. 521 in front of oncoming traffic and onto I-20 westbound toward Columbia.

The reporting investigator said officers first attempted to stop Montgomery with a routine traffic stop using blue lights and sirens, but that Montgomery continued to flee. Units began following him on I-20 until a KCSO deputies in pursuit-rated vehicles could take over.

Matthews said that just after the chase entered Richland County, Montgomery intentionally rammed a KCSO patrol car. KCSO command staff immediately gave the deputy authorization to disable the Pontiac by forcing Montgomery off the road. Monday morning, Matthews said the deputy performed what is known as a precision immobilization technique, or PIT, maneuver, while traveling at more than 80 mph near Clemson Road.

Deputies then took Montgomery into custody. In addition to his original New Jersey charges, Montgomery now faces KCSO charges of resisting arrest, failure to stop for blue lights, driving under suspension, resisting arrest, and assaulting a police officer for ramming the deputy’s patrol car.

Bond has not been set, Matthews said.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of Nov. 28-Dec. 4:

Deputies filed multiple charges against a 19-year-old Lugoff man after he fled when they tried to stop him for speeding on Cook Road. According to the reporting deputy, the man speeded off as he tried to make the traffic stop. As the deputy tried to catch up, he saw the suspect’s vehicle wreck in a ditch. As he pulled up, he saw the man exit from the passenger side and take off running. The deputy followed, yelling for the suspect to stop and that he was under arrest. After doing this several times, the deputy deployed his Taser, shooting the young man in the back, causing him to fall. The deputy found an open container of beer in the vehicle and a quantity of marijuana. The deputy transported the man to the KCDC where he charged him with open container, being a minor in possession of alcohol, failure to stop for blue lights, resisting arrest, driving under suspension (third offense) and simple possession of marijuana (second offense). He also wrote the man a warning for speeding. A KCDC officer discovered more than $1,800 in the suspect’s possession. The deputy seized it along with the marijuana.

The KCSO reported four thefts from motor vehicles within four miles of each other. Two of the three car break-ins took place on the same section of Bishopville Highway east of Camden near Joy Road. In the first incident, someone entered three unlocked vehicles and stole a cell phone, GPS device3, “air” card and large bottle of cologne. In the second incident, someone entered two unlocked vehicles at a home less than a mile away and stole $20 bill and loose change. The third incident took place on Old Stagecoach Road not far from Pickett Thomas Road where someone entered three vehicles and stole a GPS device, iPod, cordless drill and digital camera. Finally, about two miles away, a Rowland Lane man said he was driving out of his drive way when his passenger door swung open. He checked his truck and discovered someone took a pack of cigarettes from the center console. The man said nothing else was missing but that the truck’s paint job had been badly damaged.

Members of the sheriff’s traffic enforcement unit stopped a 2010 Chevrolet Impala traveling at 93 mph in a 70 mph zone on I-20 westbound near mile marker 104. The deputy found two people inside. Dispatchers advised that the car had been stolen from Raleigh, N.C., having been leased Nov. 19 by a rental company to someone other than the driver or passenger. Deputies reported they did not arrest the occupants who said someone else let them use the car to drive to Columbia. Deputies seized the vehicle, issued tickets to the driver for speeding and not having a driver’s license, and gave them a ride to a nearby gas station.

A 39-year-old woman and her 21-year-old daughter reported someone used their 2000 Pontiac Grand Am without permission while the daughter slept at a friend’s house after watching a football game.

Deputies arrested a 32-year-old Camden man on drug charges after pulling over the red 2000 Jeep Cherokee he was riding in for an inoperative tail light. Deputies cited the female driver for driving under suspension, leading the deputy to ask her passengers for their identification. A check on the male subject turned up an active warrant for a third or subsequent possession of crack cocaine. The deputy transported the man to the KCDC where jail officers discovered the suspect had what appeared to be a bag of crack cocaine hidden in this right front waist band.

A Ridgeway man said a Lugoff man fired at his home at least three times with a shotgun following an argument on I-20 near the White Pond Road exit. The victim said he dropped the suspect off on I-20 and then continued on to Columbia. He said the suspect later left him a message that he was going to shoot up his house. When he got back home, he found the suspect allegedly carried out the threat. Deputies located three shot gun shells from the front yard and observed damage to the front door, windows and interior.

A 67-year-old man allegedly shot a 50-year-old neighbor in the leg with BB gun while the victim was putting up his girlfriend’s Christmas tree. The woman came out when she heard her boyfriend scream and claims she saw the suspect running from tree to tree and then into his backyard. The reporting deputy spoke to the suspect who initially claimed he didn’t own a pellet or BB gun, but the deputy reported seeing one near the suspect’s back door. No one was arrested at the time of the report.

A Lugoff auto service center caught a male suspect on camera stealing $200 in used motor oil. The reporting deputy and an investigator viewed the recording which showed a man driving a tanker truck with a white cab, black rims and silver color tank come up behind the business and steal the used oil. The Camden Police Department reported a similar crime at a Wylie Street business where $75 in used oil was stolen.

Deputies responded to Wayside Lane in Lugoff for a report of four teenagers carrying items away from a residence. Deputies found numerous footprints leading away from the home and followed them to a nearby residence where they found the teenagers who admitted to taking the items. They returned the items after being released to their parents.

Christopher List Hutto, 30, the man arrested for faking his own kidnapping in mid-November, now faces harassment charges for allegedly calling and harassing a 16-year-old girl. The girl’s parents claim Hutto has given the girl drugs and alcohol in the past. The harassing calls allegedly originated from the KCDC where he is still listed in custody.

Someone broke out a pane of glass to the back door of a Holland Road, Cassatt home to gain entry and stole a 27-inch, rear projection TV; carpet cleaner; frozen meat and vegetables out of a box freezer; cell phone; drop cord; various prescription medications; and important documents belonging to the victim.

A woman listed in a previous report on an assault which reportedly took place on U.S. 1 South during the Nov. 28 bomb scare in Lugoff claims the other woman was the aggressor, allegedly slammed on her brakes intentionally to cause an accident and slammed her door into the woman’s chest.

Someone stole $26,000 in vehicles and equipment from a Whiting Way forestry service company.

A man living on Leland Cypress Court in Elgin said a security camera at his home showed a 19-year-old neighbor removing two packages dropped off on the front step of his home. The packages reportedly contained a video game console and a controller.

A 29-year-old Elgin man allegedly took a deposit bag containing $180 from the Lugoff convenience store where he worked. When approached by management, the man reportedly admitted to having the bag, but not the money.

Someone entered a Medfield Road, Lugoff home and stole more than $2,000 in jewelry, computer equipment and either audio or video recordings.

Someone climbed onto a go-cart in order to go through a window at a Bethune Road residence and steal a video game console.

The KCDC reported that three detainees were involved in a fight on Nov. 30.

The KCSO is looking into allegations that a 30-year-old woman sold marijuana three times to a juvenile and smoked marijuana with the child.

Someone forced in the back door to a Tremble Branch Road, Camden home and stole a flat-screen TV and BB gun.

Someone removed a 200-piece set of Kennedy half-dollars from a mailbox on Watts Hill Road in Lugoff.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with 10 larceny; seven harassing or obscene phone call and simple assault; five vandalism; four simple possession of marijuana; three burglary and DUI; two ATM/credit card fraud, forgery, intimidation, public disorderly conduct, theft from a motor vehicle and threats; and one bad check, breach of peace, criminal domestic violence, emergency protective custody, identity theft, incorrigible, motor vehicle theft, runaway, scam, shoplifting, swindle and theft from a building.

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Camden Police Department (CPD) officers dealt with two assaults involving three brothers Friday.

In the first incident, one of the brothers, 46, allegedly came up behind a 42-year-old man on Chesnut Street between 3 and 4 a.m. and struck him in the back of the head. The victim said when he turned around the suspect struck him again in the face. The suspect may have perpetrated the attack because he thought the victim had taken $10 from him earlier.

Some 18 hours later, around 9:30 p.m., officers responded to the same location because the second of the brothers had allegedly attacked the third brother, who is bedridden and otherwise confined to a wheelchair. Officers found the third brother covered in ashes, with his glasses knocked to the floor and a cut on his upper lip.

When officers spoke to the second brother, he claimed he had not been in the room and knew nothing about what had happened to his bedridden brother. Officers then spoke to the second brother’s girlfriend who claimed he had done nothing to the third brother. On the other hand, she claimed, the first brother had assaulted her, but officers noted she changed where she had allegedly been assaulted and did not see any visible injuries.

Officers then spoke to the first brother, who had not been home at the time of his bedridden brother’s assault. He said he thought his other brother’s girlfriend may have accused him because her child had been placed in protective custody earlier that day.

Another witness in the home confirmed the third brother’s story and officers arrested the second brother for third-degree (simple) assault.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Nov. 28 - Dec. 4:

Officers charged a 34-year-old Kershaw woman with DUI after observing her driving all over the road on Roberts Street near KershawHealth. The officers found five bottles of prescription medication -- fluoxetine, clonazepam, alprazolam, hydroxyzpam and baclofen -- all of which contained warnings not to handle machinery while taking them.

Three people reported thefts from their motor vehicles. The crimes took place at various locations including a West DeKalb Street department store, Campbell Street and Hampton Street. Stolen items included purses and a digital camera.

An Elgin man allegedly threatened a female acquaintance by calling her at work in Camden saying he was going to kill her.

Someone forced open the front door of a Rutledge Street home and stole a newly-purchased 32-inch LCD TV.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with three public disorderly conduct; two ATM/credit card, burglary, counterfeiting, DUI and simple assault; and one fraud, forgery, motor vehicle theft, open container, runaway, scam, theft from a coin operated machine, theft of motor vehicle parts or accessories and trespassing.

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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