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Law Enforcemen Report - Feb. 1, 2012

Thanks to alert neighbor, KCSO gets their men

Posted: January 31, 2012 4:45 p.m.
Updated: February 1, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested two Columbia men and an Elgin man for their roles in a burglary on Redwing Drive in Lugoff, thanks to information from an alert neighbor. Redwing Drive is located off Cook Road north of Wildwood Lane.

Deputies arrested Marquise Dashad Smith, 20, of King Arthur Court, Columbia; Manasseh Kerrar Hawkins, 20, of Barksdale Drive, Columbia; and Louis Edison King, 20, of Leland Cypress Court, Elgin.

Around 10:30 a.m. Thursday, the witness called 911 dispatchers and said he saw a suspicious vehicle back into the driveway of a neighboring home, according to Sheriff Jim Matthews and information contained in a KCSO report. The witness reported seeing a man get out of the car and go to the back of his neighbor’s home. Deputies later identified that man as King. Matthews said the witness proceeded to his neighbor’s house and watched as the car speeded away. The witness then went to the back of the house where he saw King fleeing on foot.

Deputies quickly located the car a short distance away from the crime scene with Hawkins inside and detained him. While traveling to the scene, a deputy saw a Dodge van pulled into a driveway on Wildwood Lane near Whitehead Road and saw two men running toward the van. One jumped into the van and drove off toward Lugoff on Wildwood Lane. The other man -- fitting the witness’ description of King -- chased after the van as it drove off.

The deputy turned around but could only see one person inside. He conducted a traffic stop and spoke with the driver who said his cousin called him and needed to be picked up. The deputy looked in the van and saw Smith on the back floor of the van. He admitted to being in “trouble” and “needed a ride.”

Meanwhile, King ran into woods near Wildwood Lane and Whitehead Road. Deputies called the KCSO bloodhound tracking team to the scene and tracked King to Yukon Court south of Wildwood Lane near Whitehead Road. The team discovered King had jumped over a wooded privacy fence into someone’s back yard, took off his long-sleeve shirt and shoes, leaving him wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans. A deputy stayed in the area and saw a garage door open. As he approached, he found King on a door step. King obeyed orders to get on the ground and deputies handcuffed him as the dog team tracked straight to him.

Matthews said King faces second and third degree burglary charges and a criminal conspiracy charge. He said both Smith and Hawkins face second degree burglary and criminal conspiracy charges. According to Matthews, Hawkins has prior arrests of possession of marijuana, second degree assault and battery, shoplifting and minor traffic violations. He said Smith is on probation for second degree burglary and has been previously charged with marijuana possession, grand larceny and receiving stolen goods. King, Matthews said, has prior arrests for shoplifting, breach of peace, petty larceny and breach of trust with fraudulent intent.

According to online jail records, all three suspects were still detained as of Tuesday morning.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of Jan. 23-29:

An east Camden woman said she was in the hospital for surgery when her mother discovered someone took a video game console, four games, a BB gun and prescription pills from her home. Saturday, a juvenile male believed to be involved in the theft allegedly threatened the victim’s life. A man living nearby said he saw the young man approach the victim’s home carrying what appeared to be a rifle. The woman said the juvenile fired shots at the home, threatening her and her son’s life. A short time later, another man living on the same street said the suspect shot several BBs at and into his home while he was sitting in his living room. The suspect allegedly fired two BB rounds through the one of the home’s back windows. The man said he thought the suspect might have targeted him because he once refused to allow him to stay in the home.

Deputies responded to a Summit Ridge Drive, east Camden, address in response to a phone call from a man saying he had located a meth lab in an abandoned house next to his. A deputy went inside the house and found a propane tank and two plastic soda bottles, one with a straw inserted into it and containing an unknown substance. The deputy notified his superiors and they and a hazmat team came to the scene. Officials recovered the white propane tank, soda bottles and a stainless pot with a pair of gloves from the scene.

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) officials suspended a male middle school student pending an expulsion hearing after a high school student claimed he had gotten marijuana from the middle school student. A school resource officer (SRO) at the middle school watched as an administrator there searched the student there and found a quantity of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He also found a pocket knife with a more than 3-inch blade. The boy refused to sign a Miranda rights form or to speak to the SRO. Deputies took him to KCSO headquarters where he was later released to his father pending a family court hearing.

KCSD officials reported juveniles at a high school were being harassed by another juvenile “sexting” them by phone. The school resource officer (SRO) reported not being able to speak with the suspect student because he was sent home before he could do so. Administrators did, however, look through the suspect student’s phone and found where a female middle school student had sent a photo to the boy showing off her chest area.

Someone broke into a sports bar and grill on U.S. 1 South in Lugoff and cut off the electricity Jan. 24. A deputy found the electric meter removed and thrown on the ground and phone lines and other lines from a satellite system cut and torn down. Inside, the deputy found an ATM machine pried open with $2,600 stolen. In addition, the thieves took three cartons of cigarettes, an empty cash register and two high definition satellite receivers.

The KCSO is investigating a burglary at a U.S. 1 South restaurant. Sometime during the overnight hours of Jan. 24 to Jan. 25, someone entered the building and removed about $60 in loose change from a cash register and the safe, which contained more cash.

Someone entered a Wildwood Lane, Lugoff, home and stole a pocketbook containing the victim’s credit cards, among other things.

Deputies are looking for a 25-year-old Lugoff man believed to have stolen a semi-automatic .22 caliber rifle from a Baughman Road home

The KCSO and DSS placed a 71-year-old woman and her two young grandchildren into emergency protective custody after finding their Lugoff home unfit to live in. The children’s mother reportedly came to the home when deputies first arrived and became irate. Deputies and DSS removed the children’s bedridden grandmother so she could be treated. Deputies went to a daycare center to retrieve her grandchildren.

Someone kicked the back door to a Frasier Fir Lane, Elgin, home off its hinges and took a laptop computer, video game console, a necklace, ring and a pillow case

Deputies responded to two burglaries on Old Georgetown Road West near Kershaw. In the first reported incident, someone forced open the back door and stole 42- and 24-inch flat screen HDTVs, laptop computer, two video game systems and a 12-gauge pump shotgun. In the second incident, someone kicked in the front door and stole a .22 caliber rifle.

KCSD officials at a Camden school reported four students found a message written on a bathroom wall claiming they would blow up the school on Feb. 2. A school resource officer spoke with three of the four students who all said they did not know who wrote the message but that they would not be coming to school that day.

Someone broke into a Watts Hill Road, Lugoff home and stole a metal box containing $50, $30 in coins from a piggy bank and $20 from a wallet. The thief also tried unsuccessfully to pry open a floor safe, but did steal a rifle with to loaded clips.

An 18-year-old Elgin man being taken to jail on larceny charges now faces additional charges of bringing contraband into the Kershaw County Detention Center after a small amount of marijuana was found in his pocket while being processed.

A Columbia man turned over to the KCSO a loaded .40 caliber handgun with a magazine containing 14 rounds of ammunition he found at the entrance of a Lugoff apartment complex.

A Brown Road man said a neighbor has been stealing power from his meter during the past six months

A man found a motorized wheelchair on the side of the road near the intersection of Sessions and Barfield roads north of Elgin. The wheelchair had minor damage to its left side.

A 72-year-old county man went to KershawHealth after his .25 caliber handgun malfunctioned, discharging a bullet that struck a finger on his left hand.

Someone broke into a Stratford Plantation Road, Elgin home through a back door and $5,000 in electronics, including a computer.

Someone entered an Old River Road, Camden residence and stole $500.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with 13 vandalism; 11 larceny; six public disorderly conduct and simple assault; five harassing or obscene phone call; four burglary and simple possession of marijuana; three driving under suspension, narcotics, open container and theft from a motor vehicle; two runaway; and one breach of peace, death, forcible fondling, harassment, identity theft, improper tag, intimidation, minor in possession of alcohol, missing person, shoplifting, swindle, theft from a building and uninsured motorist.


The Camden Police Department (CPD) is investigating a string of burglaries along upper Campbell Street near Pine Street.

Officers reported the burglaries took place in the 1700 and 1800 blocks of Campbell Street. At one home, the burglars stole a stove. They stole a refrigerator at another and a laptop from a third home.

Someone also entered a home in the 700 block of Rutledge Street just off lower Campbell Street and stole a third laptop.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Jan. 23-29:

The CPD is reporting several burglaries in the Sunnyhill subdivision, including two neighboring homes on Lawton Court. At one of those two residences, someone used a claw hammer to try to unsuccessfully try to gain entry. They were apparently successful, however, in getting into a tool shed and taking a pair of trimmers. Someone also entered a Sunnyhill Drive home and stole a 46-inch flat screen TV. There were no signs of forced entry.

A 42-year-old Martin man being held at the county jail allegedly struck a 30-year-old fellow detainee after the younger man asked him to stop shouting at guards. Guards separated the two men. In a separate report, a detainee caused $3,000 in damage by stopping up the toilet in his cell three times with bedding, towels and sheets.

For the second time in two weeks, someone stole jewelry from an antique store on Broad Street.

A 31-year-old Sumter woman allegedly came into KershawHealth’s emergency department claiming to have toothaches or mouth bleeding in order to falsely obtain prescription narcotics. She allegedly visited the emergency department five times between Dec. 27 and Jan. 25.

Someone stole a 2002 Nissan Frontier pickup from a home on Carriage House Lane. Officers later found it elsewhere in the city.

Someone entered a Hampton Street residence by removing a window air conditioning unit and stole a 32-inch flat screen TV.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with seven public disorderly conduct; two ATM/credit card fraud, forgery, larceny and shoplifting; and one harassment, open container, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple assault 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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