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Law Enforcement Report - March 21, 2012

Man jailed on assault, kidnapping charges

Posted: March 20, 2012 5:02 p.m.
Updated: March 21, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies and Camden police officers arrested and charged a 35-year-old Lugoff man March 15 with assault and kidnapping. The charges stem from allegations he assaulted his wife of 15 years and threatened her with a pistol.

Camden police officers dealt with the man first, receiving a call from his sister-in-law in Colorado Springs, Colo. She told police the man was holding her sister against her will at a residence in the city of Camden. Officers responding to the home found the woman and her children in the back yard. She said she had injuries from being struck in the face with a pistol and a closed fist and named her husband as her attacker.

Later, authorities discovered she suffered those injuries at a home in Lugoff. The victim said she moved out of the Camden home the day before, March 14, and went to see her mother-in-law in Lugoff. According to the KCSO’s report, the woman said her husband was crouched down behind the back tire of a vehicle and that he lunged at her with a pistol in his hand. She said she screamed and tried to fight him but that was when he struck her in the face with the gun. She said he then threw her on the ground and kicked her.

The woman said he threatened her with an assault rifle and threw water in her face, saying this was what was going to happen if she left him. She said when she tried to go into the house, he grabbed her by the hair and dragged her inside, assaulted her again and put the gun in her face. She said she called out to her mother-in-law, asking her to call police but that she refused, claiming her son wouldn’t really kill her.

According to Camden officers, the woman said her husband then forced her to drive back to Carlos Street in Camden with his mother. She said he forced her to clean the house, claiming that if she called police he would have a shootout with them. He also allegedly threatened to kill anyone in their church who helped her move out.  He then reportedly agreed to go back to his mother’s house in Lugoff because it was nearly time to pick up their children from school.

The victim said she and her husband dropped his mother off in Lugoff and picked up the children. At the Camden home, officers separated husband and wife and, after noting the woman’s injuries, arrested the husband and took him to jail.

KCSO investigators charged the man with kidnapping and criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. Camden officers may also file charges against the man.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of March 12-18:

Deputies arrested two Elgin men, 37 and 38 years of age, after they were found sitting in a car on the side of Tower Road near Ft. Jackson Road. They gave conflicting stories about why they were there and were found in possession of open containers of beer. One of the men admitted to throwing a beer can out of the window. That suspect got loud and began using profanity. Deputies placed him under arrest for littering and public disorderly conduct, but he refused to get into a patrol car. With consent from his supervisor, a deputy stunned the suspect with his Taser on the right leg and placed him in the patrol car. Deputies arrested the other man for open container. During the trip to jail, the man who resisted being placed in the patrol made several threats toward deputies.

Deputies responded to the 900 block of U.S. 1 North in Cassatt to a report of a man on the road. A responding deputy found the man walking down the road and asked him what he was doing out at 4 a.m. The man said he needed EMS and showed the deputy a severe cut between his thumb and forefinger. He also had a black eye. The man refused to talk about how he got his injuries, but insisted he needed to go to the hospital. The deputy called EMS to the scene and the man was transported to the hospital.

Deputies learned that Kershaw County School District officials confiscated a student’s laptop and found online conversations between the juvenile girl and a 52-year-old male convicted sex offender from Cassatt. The girl claims she and the man are “just friends” and have had no sexual contact. Her mother, however, told deputies she had to place a restraining order against the man two years ago. According to the state sex offender registry, the man was convicted in April 1993 of criminal sexual conduct with minors.

Deputies arrested a 27-year-old Lugoff woman and her 33-year-old husband after responding to a domestic problem at the couple’s home. After arriving, deputies noted both husband and wife sported injuries. They reportedly told conflicting stories, making it difficult for deputies to determine who the primary aggressor was. Deputies transported the couple to jail in the same patrol vehicle. The woman reportedly assaulted her husband in the patrol car during the trip.

A 26-year-old Elgin woman said an Elgin man head-butted her during an argument while they were fishing and threatened to choke her. The reporting deputy saw no signs of injury and reported that the victim explained that she is married to another man but has been dating the suspect -- and is seven months pregnant with his child.

Someone stole a 40-gallon aluminum fuel tank from and vandalized a recreation vehicle camper on a Springvale Road, Lugoff, property. The victim said someone broke into the camper and took all the aluminum from inside the camper, piling it up outside as if to come back for it.

Someone entered a mobile home on U.S. 1 South in Lugoff and stole a newly purchased washing machine, dryer, stove, refrigerator, air conditioning unit, hot water heater, metal shelf, metal shed and hog cooker. The thieves also stole the home’s underpinning and breaker box.

Someone pried open a front window to an Oscar Bradley Road home near Kershaw and caused $2,500 in damage by smashing holes in the walls and ceiling of a bedroom and bathroom. They also ripped out several feet of copper electrical wiring from each room.

Someone kicked in the rear door of a Beulah Church Road, Camden, residence and stole two bracelets and a small TV.

Deputies are looking into allegations of child neglect involving a 22-year-old woman and her young son.

An Elgin man accused his brother-in-law of stealing his .38 caliber pistol.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with 12 simple assault; nine simple possession of marijuana; six larceny; five vandalism; three bad check, burglary, DUI, intimidation and public disorderly conduct; two death, disturbing school, harassing or obscene phone call, identity theft/impersonation and open container; and one criminal domestic violence, forgery, hit and run, liquor law violation, narcotics, runaway, speeding and trespassing.

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The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of March 12-18:

Camden officers are assisting the United States Postal Inspection Service with a case involving a 47-year-old male employee at the King Haiglar Post Office who reportedly admitted to taking a $100 department store gift card meant for a Camden family. A woman from New Jersey mailed the gift card, apparently with an incorrect address. Instead of returning it to sender, the employee intercepted the gift card, took it and used it that same day.

A 27-year-old Lugoff woman is accused of stealing $260 and approximately 20 Ativan pills from another woman’s purse in Camden. The victim said she contacted the suspect, who claimed she did not take the cash and pills and told the victim she was at work at a Columbia restaurant. When the victim called the restaurant, staff reportedly said the suspect was not at work.

Someone stole a laptop computer from an East DeKalb Street restaurant. Officers are looking at the possibility that it was taken by an employee working for a foods company. At least one witness reported the man came in with one laptop but left with two.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with two larceny, simple possession of marijuana and trespassing; and one ATM/credit card fraud, criminal domestic violence, DUI, driving under suspension, intimidation, possession of drug paraphernalia, public disorderly conduct and shoplifting.

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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