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Law Enforcement Report - March 28, 2012

Attempted sexual assault in car causes wreck

Posted: March 28, 2012 2:20 p.m.
Updated: March 28, 2012 5:00 a.m.

A 21-year-old Sumter woman said she wrecked her car after a 26-year-old Pageland man she met at a party with friends tried to force her to have sex while she drove him to a store to get more beer.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested the man around 8:30 a.m. Friday after calls of a man in the woods near the intersection of DeKalb School and Truesdale roads approximately 11 north of Camden. They found the man passed out and woke him up, but found him to be grossly intoxicated. Deputies wrote in their report that the man was involved in a wreck earlier in the evening but left before law enforcement arrived on the scene. They arrested the man and took him to jail.

A S.C. Highway Patrol trooper who worked the earlier wreck told deputies the female driver told him the suspect tried to assault her. Deputies met with the young woman who claimed she and the suspect were hanging out with friends, and she and the suspect went to the store to get more beer. On the way, she claimed, he kept trying to have sex with her and that they wrecked when he grabbed her hand in order to force her to perform a sex act.

Deputies indicated in their report that they charged the man with public disorderly conduct and were holding him on criminal sexual conduct charges. However, Kershaw County Detention Center (KCDC) records indicate he was released later on Friday and online court records show a public disorderly charge only. Court records also show the man living at a Cassatt address.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of March 19-25:

A deputy responded to a Watts Hill Road, Lugoff, home where a several people said four male subjects, including two juveniles, rode by their home and followed them on the road. He said his car was broken into and he overheard one of the suspects say they committed the crime. The two of them fought, he said, and since then the suspects have called him, threatening to shoot up the house. The victims all said they heard the suspects have “a lot of guns.” The deputy returned to Watts Hill Road a second time after the victims said they could hear people in the woods and see cell phone lights. They also said they could hear the suspects whistling and making sounds like they were shooting a gun. One of the victims said he got on his bike and rode across the road into a field and a small car pulled out. While the deputy spoke with the victims, one of the suspects called and asked why the police were there.

Deputies arrested a man wanted in New Jersey on drug charges after being dispatched to meet a stopped train at a crossing near the intersection of Sanders Creek and Old Elliott roads in Cassatt. Train operators told deputies they had to stop the train because the subject -- identified as a 22-year-old Freehold, N.J., man -- had been drinking and fighting with another man on the train. They said when they tried to speak with the subject, he tried to fight with them. Deputies determined the man had been drinking and arrested him for public disorderly conduct. They then located more than $2,000 in the man’s pockets. KCDC corrections officers asked for a thorough search because of the New Jersey warrants, high amount of cash and the fact he was traveling to Miami, Fla. The search turned up two yellow pills in a clear plastic bag in the man’s long-johns that turned out to be Xanax pills.

A deputy arrested and charged a Myrtle Beach man after seeing him run a stop sign at the intersection of Ridgeway and Pine Grove roads near Lugoff Elementary School. The deputy saw the man’s red Dodge pickup truck almost hit another motorist who was forced to swerve into the opposite lane to avoid a collision. The deputy activated blue lights to initiate a traffic stop, and the man pulled into a church parking lot, but then did a U-turn and got back on to Ridgeway Road, nearly striking the deputy’s patrol car. The deputy followed the man down Truesdell Avenue and then into the driveway of an Oak Den Circle residence where he was able to take the man into custody. After arresting the man, the deputy learned the suspect had two prior driving under suspension violations. He charged the man with a third offense of driving under suspension and failing to stop for blue lights.

Deputies responded to a Bunker Hill Road, Lugoff, residence after a man living there said he was in the back yard when he saw three cars pull in front of his residence. When he walked over, he said, they began arguing and claiming he had stolen their dogs. The victim said one of the suspects hit him from the side. He said they rolled around for a few minutes and then a second suspect got into the fight. He said the next thing he remembers is someone saying his mother was calling law enforcement and they all jumped up, ran to their vehicle and left. He said he heard them say they would come back to shoot up the place. In a separate report, a woman living there said she received a call from one of the suspects saying they were going to shoot up her house and that it had something to do with stolen dogs.

The KCSO called out tracking dogs around 4 a.m. Sunday in Elgin’s White Pond Road area after a report that a woman who tried to overdose with a combination of an antihistamine and weight loss/anti-nausea medication. An Elgin woman said she met the subject in Columbia’s Five Points area where the woman claimed she had nowhere to stay. She said the woman appeared depressed and went into the bathroom so long that the witness said she had to force her way and found the other woman on the floor with pills all around her.  She said when she called 911, the woman fled out the front door. Bloodhounds did not find the woman.

Deputies dispatched to Westview Drive in Cassatt arrived to find a 22-year-old man with blood covering the left side of his face and his chest. The man said he was in bed asleep when he was awakened by another Cassatt man hitting him in the head with what might have been a tire iron. He also said he believed the man might have had a pair of brass knuckles and that he might have kicked in the door to get in. EMS arrived shortly thereafter to take the victim to the hospital. He asked deputies to check his bedroom where they found blood all over the mattress and floor, along with a tire iron next to the bed.

A man living on Lakeshore Drive near Camden reported someone broke into three storage buildings and three storage trailers on his property, vandalized more than $2,000 in granite and ceramic monument-making materials, damaged a shower stall and stole two rubber hoses. The man said he found two male subjects, ages 19 and 12, on the property the night before. The subjects said they recently moved into the property behind his and spent the entire day on his property thinking they were on their own.

A man living on Campbell Lane in the Elgin area said he accidentally fired his 9mm handgun inside his residence. He said the bullet went through the wall of his home and entered the home in front of it on Elmwood Boulevard. Deputies followed the bullet’s trail through the master bedroom wall into a walk-in closet, through a laundry room and bathroom, and ending somewhere under the kitchen sink. Deputies took the gun into safekeeping.

A boy of unknown age was reportedly struck by pellets fired from an air gun. Deputies reported the boy was unconscious when EMS arrived on the scene. A girl of unknown age said she and the boy were firing the air gun when the pellets ricocheted off the cans they were shooting. She said one of the pellets struck her on the chin, but the reporting deputy said she did not have injuries that matched the victim’s.

A man living on Magnolia Ridge Lane in Elgin came home to find two boxes of ammunition on his bed. When he checked his closet, he saw two of his rifles were gone. He then discovered his back kitchen window was broken. After speaking with a neighbor, deputies spoke with the victim’s son who said friends of his had “found a way to start stealing things and get away with it.”

Someone stole the batteries from three trucks and a tractor and stole an axle from a Travellers Road residence near Kershaw. The victim said a man in a red or burgundy Ford truck pulled into her yard prior to the theft and asked if he could do work. Deputies noted they had dealt with a man with a similar name to the suspect’s driving a red truck several weeks before.

A woman said she heard “loud and aggressive” banging at her Camden apartment just after midnight Sunday. She said when she looked out she saw four men standing at her door and a woman sitting in a car. She said they demanded to know if her cousin was with her and that she thought they might be connected to break-ins in Bishopville.

Deputies arrested a 40-year-old Scranton man after learning he was wanted by the Florence County Sheriff’s Office on criminal sexual conduct charges. Deputies located him at a job site on Chesnut Ferry Road.

Someone stole a cast iron bathtub with claw feet sitting on the edge of the woods at a Boykin Mill Road, Rembert, property. The owner said his daughter saw a navy blue van riding up and down the road just before she realized the tub was missing.

A county woman said a 42-year-old Harleyville man keeps sending her nude pictures of himself via the Internet. Deputies noted the suspect already has pending criminal sexual conduct against him involving the same victim.

Someone ripped a hole through the roof of a store on McBee highway near Jefferson and stole nearly $1,600. They apparently wrapped an extension cord around a rafter to climb back out through the hole in the roof.

Someone pried open the front door to a U.S. 1 North, Cassatt, home and stole $1,000 in jewelry, a jewelry box and $200 in tools.

The KCSO is investigating a claim a 43-year-old man raped a juvenile girl seven years ago while babysitting her.

Someone kicked in the front door of a K-Land Road, Lugoff, home and stole between $3,000 and $5,000 in jewelry.

A former employee of a Lugoff restaurant is accused of embezzling more than $5,300 from the business.

Deputies are investigating claims that a 9-year-old child touched a 4-year-old girl inappropriately.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with eight larceny; six ATM/credit card fraud, harassing or obscene phone call and theft from a motor vehicle; five simple possession of marijuana, swindle and vandalism; four intimidation; three burglary, open container and simple assault; two breach of peace, DUI, driving under suspension and motor vehicle theft; and one bad check, breach of trust, criminal domestic violence, death, liquor law violation, swindle, theft from a building, theft of motor vehicle parts or accessories, trespassing and using a motor vehicle without consent.

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The Camden Police Department (CPD) reports a man may have broken into at least 10 cars parked at an apartment complex off Wall Street near the I-20/U.S. 521 interchange early Sunday morning.

A witness said saw a man go into a car near his apartment and then into his in-law’s vehicle. A woman walking her dog saw police and checked her vehicle. She said tax documents might have been stolen.

Officers searched for the suspect but did not locate him. They then saw that several car doors were open and left business cards for owners to contact them.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of March 19-25:

A woman living in the Chesnut Hills subdivision said a neighbor saw someone on her property who was chased away by their dog and ran into a wooded area.

Someone stole a 6-gallon air compressor and an air-powered nail gun from a Stewart Street home.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with three DUI; two runaway, simple assault and trespassing; and one ATM/credit card fraud, breach of trust, communicating threats, driving under suspension, harassment, larceny, malicious injury to property, protective order violation, open container, public disorderly conduct, reckless driving, shoplifting and vandalism.

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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