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Law Enforcement Report - April 11, 2012

Man arrested after shooting into home

Posted: April 10, 2012 4:47 p.m.
Updated: April 11, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a man after learning he had fired a shot into his grandfather’s Lugoff home around 7 a.m. April 4.

Deputies responding to the call initially learned the 22-year-old man was attempting to break into the home. When they arrived, they found him in the front yard with a 40-ounce bottle of malt liquor which he reportedly began to chug down. The reporting deputy said it appeared the suspect was grossly intoxicated and acted boisterously toward them and his grandfather.

Deputies saw that the front door and storm door had been destroyed and kicked in. They placed the man into investigative detention and he immediately replied that he was “taking the 5th and didn’t have anything” to say. Deputies reported he had to be forcibly placed in the back of a patrol car. His grandfather said he was asleep when he was awakened by loud banging on his door and his grandson yelling to let him in. The older man said he went to his bedroom to retrieve a firearm to protect himself and then heard the sound of gunshot come from outside. He said he heard more banging and then saw the front door open with his grandson standing at the door.

Deputies found a discharged .357 brass shell casing on the front porch and began looking for a weapon. The young man denied having one. Deputies arrested and transported him to the county jail. A deputy reported that the subject cursed during the entire trip, claiming no one cared about him and that they didn’t realize he protects the neighborhood. Another deputy at the scene found two magazines and a speed loader with the suspect’s property left at the scene and then found the gun under a tree across the street.

The following day, a man living on Ward Road reported the suspect stole his handgun along with three magazines and a speed loader. He said he suspected the young man because he does work at his home. Deputies soon confirmed it was the same weapon used the night before.

Online court records show the subject is being held on $61,000 bond for malicious injury to property, possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent felony and discharging a firearm into a dwelling. Online jail records show he is still being held at the Kershaw County Detention Center and was under standard probation supervision through July 2016.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of April 2-8:

Deputies arrested a 21-year-old Beverly Hills Road man on drug charges while conducting a license checkpoint at Rippondon and York streets just outside the city limits of Camden. Deputies reported they saw the man throw something out the window as he approached the checkpoint at around 11 p.m. Friday. When a deputy approached the car, he could see it was a brown marijuana blunt, still burning on the ground. The man reportedly admitted he threw the blunt out of the car and that he didn’t have a driver’s license. The suspect continued to cooperate, admitting he had marijuana both on his person and in the car. Upon request, he pulled a clear plastic bag containing marijuana out of his right front pocket and told deputies more could be found in a black bag on the back seat. Deputies found three more bags of marijuana inside the black bag and a box of plastic bags. The man also had $590 in right front pocket which he handed over to deputies as well. Deputies seized a total of 83 grams of marijuana and charged the suspect with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and driving under suspension. The man is out on $6,500 bond.

Deputies arrested a 54-year-old Rembert man for breaking into an old house on a Yarborough Road, Cassatt, property and stole $800 in scrap metal. The victim said he noticed a Chevy Blazer with a trailer behind it had pulled into the woods near his tobacco barns. He said the vehicle took off as he approached and he noticed the scrap metal in the open trailer. The man called 911 and drove after the suspect until a deputy pulled the Blazer over at Tremble Branch and Brewer Springs roads. The suspect admitted to taking the items.

Deputies arrested a 24-year-old Camden man on drug and weapons violation after stopping him for going left of center in the vicinity of Laurens Street and Goodale Avenue. The man consented to be patted down and to have his car searched, at which point he volunteered he had a .40 caliber handgun under the driver’s seat. During the pat-down, a bag with two smaller bags of marijuana fell to the ground. Deputies charged him with unlawful carrying of a pistol and possession of marijuana.

Three unknown men allegedly broke into a Baron DeKalb Road, Camden residence and then stole scrap metal from the front yard. A witness saw the men loading the scrap metal and confronted them. He said they claimed they had the permission from the owner to take metal. When the witness challenged them, they left in a small car towing a trailer with some of the metal in it.

Deputies arrested a 40-year-old man for stealing old scrap metal from a Dogwood Lane, Cassatt, residence. Deputies caught up to the man’s Ford F-150 as it was heading down U.S. 1 toward Camden. The man claimed he had permission to get the money, but the woman who owns the property said she did not give authorization. Deputies also arrested two women in the truck, ages 43 and 19, on outstanding bench warrants.

A deputy noticed a 25-year-old Camden man wanted on an outstanding family court warrant walking on Haile Street near Branham Avenue. When he proceeded to arrest the man, he found the subject was carrying pills Schedule II and IV controlled substances. Deputies held the man at the county jail pending possession charges.

Deputies arrested a 22-year-old Orlando, Fla., woman for possession of crack cocaine and simple possession of marijuana following a traffic stop in I-20 eastbound for speeding. Deputies also charged three other women in the car -- from Las Vegas, Nev.; Plantation, Fla.; and Decatur, Ga. -- with simple possession of marijuana.

Someone made their way into an unsecured Bowen Street, Elgin, home and stole $700 in jewelry and collectible coins.

A Fir Tree Lane, Elgin, resident found a magazine to a .45 caliber pistol in his front yard. Deputies believe it is possible the magazine might be stolen due to a several car break-ins in the area.

A county woman said a 45-year-old Cassatt man keeps coming to see her juvenile grandson and reportedly supplying him with tobacco products despite her telling the man to stay away.

Investigators are looking into whether a 26-year-old man fondled his ex-girlfriend’s daughter. A KCSO report indicated it was unclear whether the man is related to the victim himself.

Someone cut the padlock to a shed at a Pierce Lane, Elgin, home and stole several miscellaneous tools, push lawn mower, chain saw and battery-powered charger.

Someone cut the back fence to a Brazell Road, Elgin, property and stole two marine batteries and a weather-proof radio from a pontoon boat.

Someone cut and removed the electric meter from the Mt. Pisgah Fire Department, leaving it without power for a period of time.

The KCSO is investigating allegations that a 54-year-old Richland County man fondled a 14-year-girl in Kershaw County.

A county woman said a man she met at a bar may have drugged and raped her.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with 14 vandalism; 12 larceny; eight simple assault; seven theft from a motor vehicle; five public disorderly conduct; three ATM/credit card fraud and harassment or stalking; two intimidation, narcotics, open container and swindle; and one aggravated assault, breach of peace, breach of trust, burglary, criminal domestic violence, DUI, driving under suspension, missing person, motor vehicle theft, runaway, shoplifting, simple possession of marijuana, theft from a building, theft of motor vehicle parts or accessories and trespassing.

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Camden Police Department (CPD) officers are searching for a 28-year-old Westville man they said got away during a car chase following a harassment call.

Officers responded to a West DeKalb Street gas station just after midnight Saturday. A 33-year-old Charlotte, N.C., woman there said her brother was following and threatening her. She said he was parked in a nearby shopping center parking lot in a red Dodge Durango. Dispatchers relayed that the woman and her brother were now across the street near a department store. An officer located the Durango near a restaurant there and was able to identify the driver as the woman’s brother.

As the deputy got behind the truck, the man speeded out and turned left onto Springdale Drive, disregarding a stop sign. The deputy activated his lights and sirens in an attempt to make a traffic stop only to have the man speed up as it headed north on Springdale Drive reaching 74 mph at one point. Another officer took over the lead as the Durango passed Chesnut Ferry Road. Speeds increased to more than 100 mph as the truck reached the Knights Hill Road intersection. Officers reported the man went into the opposite lane at least once, forcing vehicles he was passing off the road.

The chase continued to U.S. 521 North and then to Flat Rock Road. At that point, officers terminated pursuit learning the Durango was registered to the suspect’s girlfriend. Back at the gas station, the man’s sister said he’d banged on her window and verbally threatened her. She said he then went over to their father and prevented him from conducting business. She said she was afraid of her brother due to his alleged past abuse of their parents.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of April 2-8:

An officer responded to an East DeKalb Street address in response to a 25-year-old woman who had been found crying and stumbling across the four-lane road around 12:45 a.m. Monday. A witness there said she heard the younger woman crying, ran over to her and found she was beaten and bloody. EMS arrived on the scene as well. The arriving officer learned through a translator that the woman and her 27-year-old boyfriend had returned home from a bar when he attacked her. She said her boyfriend’s brother tried but failed to stop the attack. The woman suffered lacerations, bruises and pain to her head. She said such physical abuse has gone on for some time. The boyfriend reportedly left the scene in a car.

A 23-year-old man admitted to pulling a gun on a 26-year-old man during a fight over a girl. Officers noted both parties were intoxicated and made no arrests.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with three simple assault and trespassing; two public disorderly conduct and theft from a motor vehicle; and one burglary, failure to return rental property, harassing or obscene phone call, larceny, malicious injury to property 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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