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KCSO finds wanted man under mattress

Posted: April 6, 2012 2:52 p.m.
Updated: April 9, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies and Camden Police Department (CPD) officers found a man wanted for allegedly burglarizing an east Camden home in January and confronting his ex-wife with a gun in his hand March 27.

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said deputies located 19-year-old Marquez Tucker at a Salmond Street, Camden, residence Wednesday during a joint search with CPD officers.

“He was found hiding in a house with a whole bunch of people in it,” Matthews said. “Two deputies were in this particular bedroom when (investigator) Justin Dill saw the mattress move. He used hand signals to alert the other deputy. When Justin picked up the mattress, they found Marquez stretched out as flat as could be under the mattress.”

Matthews said Marquez lied about his identity, but deputies ultimately identified him and took him into custody.

The sheriff said Tucker was wanted on burglary and larceny charges for allegedly breaking into a garage at a home in east Camden in January and stealing stereo equipment.

“A neighbor saw their vehicle and tried to confront them, but they fled leaving the vehicle sitting there. The car was registered to his mother and we got enough information to charge him,” Matthews said.

As for the CPD, Tucker allegedly used his SUV to block a vehicle his ex-wife was driving March 27, walked up with a gun in his hand and looked to see if there was a man in the vehicle. The CPD is still investigating that incident. In the meantime, the CPD plans to serve Tucker outstanding bench warrants for simple possession of marijuana and giving false information to police. He was found guilty in absentia last November.

Several days after Tucker’s alleged actions, CPD officers arrested Tucker’s 17-year-old brother on an unrelated weapons charge.

On April 2, officers and deputies also searched for Tucker at his mother’s home on West Street in Elgin. Although he was not there, deputies found drugs in the home and charged his mother, Kendra Tucker, with third offenses each of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession with intent to distribute powder cocaine. Deputies also charged her with simple possession of marijuana and several counts of possession of Schedule III and IV controlled substances.

Matthews said Kendra Tucker has a criminal record dating back to 1995, including narcotics charges, assault and battery, larceny, criminal domestic violence, receiving stolen goods and assaulting an officer while resisting arrest.

Kendra Tucker and her younger son are both out of jail on bond. Marquez Tucker was still being held at the Kershaw County Detention Center as of Friday morning.


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