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Law Enforcement Report - April 18, 2012

Man held on bond after shooting at boys

Posted: April 17, 2012 3:47 p.m.
Updated: April 18, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a 50-year-old Camden man April 10 after he allegedly fired a shotgun blast at three juveniles and then threatened the father of two of the boys with a sword.

Deputies learned from the father that his two sons and the other boy were shooting fireworks in the public beach area of the Wateree Hills community near Eagles Nest and Kanawha Trail off S.C. 97. He said the older man came out on the deck of his house which is across the street from the beach area but overlooks it. He then allegedly went back inside, retrieved a shotgun and fired in the boys’ direction, missing them but striking the water. The boys reportedly told the man what they were doing and he allegedly told them the next shot was for them and racked the gun to intimidate them.

The boys ran to the house where they were staying to get the father. He told deputies he went to the man’s residence and called to him from the road. The man claimed the children were trespassing and were making too much noise. He then allegedly grabbed a 4-foot sword from his porch and started threatening the father with it. At that point, the victims went back to their house and called 911.

Deputies arrived on the scene, heard the victims’ story and went to speak with the man. He invited deputies into his home where they saw a 20-gauge shotgun shell which had been fired. They also saw the sword leaning against the wall. When deputies asked the man what was going on, he claimed the boys shot at him.

Deputies asked the man where the shotgun was. He claimed it was under a bed, but they were unable to locate it. He then led deputies to the gun which was leaned against a dresser in a bedroom. A deputy took the shotgun and could smell that it had been fired.

At that point, deputies arrested the man and took him to the Kershaw County Detention Center. Jail records show the man continued to be held on three counts of first degree assault and battery on $25,000 bond for each count. The man is also charged with malicious injury to animals or personal property values at $2,000 or less. According to a previous KCSO report, deputies arrested the man in January 2010 for aggravated criminal domestic violence. He pleaded guilty earlier this year to public disorderly conduct.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of April 9-15:

Deputies responding to a call of loud music in the area of Riding Ridge and Upper Pond roads in Elgin didn’t hear the music, but did hear loud voices arguing. They came upon a large crowd in the road on Watts Hill Road. As deputies approached, a man ran from the scene. At the back of the crowd, deputies located a 48-year-old man who was bleeding from his nose, mouth, ears and head. Deputies immediately called EMS to the scene. The man’s wife, who was also injured, said she was also hit by the subject. She said the subject came to their home so he could take her husband to a drug deal. Her husband did not return with the subject and she told the man to leave. He refused, claiming her husband told him to get gas money from her. She refused, and the subject allegedly said he would “put his forty to her head.” She told him to leave again; he refused, and allegedly got out of the car and struck her. At that point, she said, her husband walked out of the woods, confronted the subject who attacked him. Deputies had not arrested anyone at the time of the report.

A 53-year-old east Camden man allegedly called the Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC) and claimed his wife was going to go there and “shoot an administrator.” The man reportedly made several references to his wife having a gun and referred to a specific administrator as a potential victim. ATEC administrators told deputies that the man has “been found hanging around the school” in an apparent attempt to follow his wife around. She is a student at the school. An administrator had called law enforcement earlier that day and the previous day because of the man causing disturbances at the school. The administrator said the suspect had disturbed the school other times by calling and making threats. Online court records do not show the man has been charged.

Deputies are looking into allegations a 30-year-old man gave a mixture of artificial marijuana and other drugs -- referred to in the report as a mix of K-4 and “bang-bang” -- to a juvenile girl and told her to “hit it,” meaning to smoke it. A juvenile witness told the girl’s mother that her daughter took two “hits” off the pipe and fell to the ground and became ill. The witness said the man left when that happened. The man could face at least one charge of contributing to a minor.

A woman living on Clyburn Street in east Camden said she found an approximately 6-month-old child on her porch without a parent or guardian present. She said two other children were also in her yard and that this happens “on a regular basis.” The mother was located at another home on the same street. Deputies told the children’s mother that she would need to keep a closer eye on this children or the S.C. Department of Social Services could remove them from the home.

A 47-year-old Elgin man allegedly attacked his wife, pushing her head into a wall and putting a knife to her cheek. He allegedly said he could disfigure and kill her. She said this was not the first time this had happened; the KCSO took a report from the same address earlier this year. The woman and her daughter both said they are moving out of the home because they are scared of the man. No arrest had been made at the time of the report.

Acting on an anonymous tip, KCSO deputies set up surveillance on a 28-year-old Lugoff man at a Highland Court address. For several days, nothing happened. Agents reported that around 6 p.m. April 10, agents saw a number of people in the Highland Court yard. Agents drove up and the suspect fled, but was quickly apprehended. As he ran, agents said they saw him discard a pill bottle for a hydrocodone prescription. They recovered the bottle and found 18 Lortab pills and 12 Norco pills, both Schedule III controlled substances.

KCSO investigators are looking into the possibility that a 60-year-old man raped a 55-year-old woman while she slept. She claimed she and the suspect once worked together at a manufacturing plant in the county. During the time they worked together, she claimed, the man allegedly made numerous kidnapping and rape threats. The victim’s brother reported hearing a strange noise in the home around 2 a.m.

A witness said he saw two men carrying a duffle bag out of a neighbor’s yard. She said they were wearing blue jeans and white T-shirts and may have gotten into a dark-colored Ford Explorer down the street. Deputies contacted the victim and asked her to check the home for missing belongings. Deputies discovered an open rear door and broken out rear window.

A 19-year-old man allegedly threatened to kill his 21-year-old girlfriend and her 4-, 3- and 1-year-old children while they slept. He allegedly made the threat after becoming angry and causing $1,500 in damage to her car. Deputies searched for the man but had not arrested him at the time of the report.

Someone kicked in the front door to a Pierce Lane, Elgin, home April 11. The victim reported the only two things stolen were a television set -- and a copy of a KCSO incident report concerning an earlier break-in. They also reported that their neighbor’s home had been broken into April 7.

A 27-year-old Elgin woman said she was attacked by two women after she got into an argument with her roommate’s boyfriend. She said one of the women held her down while the other struck her in the head four times. She declined medical attention.

Someone entered a U.S. 1 North home near Camden by breaking out the glass of a side door and unlocking the deadbolt. Once inside, they went through the closets, cabinets and drawers, and stole two TVs.

The KCSO is looking into allegations that two men -- ages 19 and 21 -- have had sex with the same juvenile girl on separate occasions. The girl’s mother said she is seeking charges against the two men.

Someone stole a pontoon boat and trailer from near the intersection of Neal Switch and John G. Richards roads where they had been left by the owner because the hitch was cracked.

Deputies arrested a man wanted by the Ridgeway Police Department after catching him riding his motorcycle at 85 mph in a 70 mph zone on I-20 westbound near the 105 mile marker.

Someone entered a Tipsy Trail home off Lockhart Road north of Camden and stole two video game consoles, three game controllers and about 10 video games.

Deputies charged a 22-year-old Florence County man for possessing a sawed-off shotgun after pulling him over for speeding on I-20 westbound near mile marker 105.

Someone stole two drills, 70 feet of copper tubing and a 30-pound nitrogen tank from the bed of a truck parked on Watts Hill Road in Elgin.

Someone broke into a Wateree Boulevard, Camden, apartment used as a KCSO substation. Deputies reported nothing appeared to be missing.

Someone stole a .32 caliber automatic pistol and a box of ammunition from under their bed at a Dunham Road, Bethune home.

A towing company turned in a handgun found in a car that was towed. The car appeared to be owned by a Georgetown man.

Someone entered an Airline Drive, east Camden, home and stole a 42-inch flat screen TV and a 32-inch TV.

Someone stole a semi-automatic rifle from the closet of a Veranda Ridge, Lugoff home.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with 12 larceny; 10 simple assault; eight simple possession of marijuana; five harassing or obscene phone call and DUI; four public disorderly conduct and theft from a motor vehicle; three forgery and vandalism; two aggravated assault, ATM/credit card fraud and bad checks; and one attempted overdose, attempted suicide, breach of trust, death, driving under suspension, habitual offender, identity theft, intimidation, liquor law violation, malicious injury to property, missing person, motor vehicle theft, narcotics, open container, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, shoplifting, suicide, trespassing, violation of a court order and violation of a restraining order.

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Camden Police Department (CPD) officers arrested three women in their early 20s after responding to a report of a fight at a West DeKalb Street motel.

Two of the women told officers they pulled into the motel’s parking lot when a third woman came out of one of the motel rooms with a baseball bat and broke the passenger side front window of the first woman’s car where the second woman was sitting. The third woman admitted she struck the window, but with her fist, not a baseball bat, because the other two women had been cursing at her.

After the window broke, the first and second women said they drove across the street to a restaurant and called police. By the time officers arrived on the scene, however, they were back in the motel parking lot. By then they had gotten out of the car and were fighting again with the third woman. The second woman reportedly attacked the third woman with her fists while the first woman threatened her with a knife.

Officers detained all three women, charging the first woman with second-degree assault, the second woman with third-degree assault and the third woman with malicious injury to personal property. Officers found another knife in the first woman’s car as well as a marijuana blunt. Officers additionally charged the second woman with simple possession of marijuana.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of April 9-15:

Officers would like to know the identity and whereabouts of a 20- to 30-year-old man who evaded an officer trying to stop him around 11:15 p.m. Saturday for speeding at 60 mph in a 45 mph zone on Hermitage Farm Road. The chase ended up at a gas station at the corner of South Broad Street and Black River Road where the man jumped out of the car and headed into woods. The officer chased after and lost sight of the suspect and then heard a loud splash. She then saw the suspect climbing up a 30-foot drop-off on the other side of a creek. He apparently fell into the creek face-first from about that height. The officer alerted others of the description of the suspect and that he would be soaking wet. Officers set up a perimeter and found a white T-shirt as well as a 9-1/2 size sneaker. KCSO bloodhounds assisted in the search but did not locate the man.

Officers charged a 48-year-old man with resisting arrest after an officer attempted to arrest him for open container, public disorderly conduct and littering. The man reportedly refused to come out of some bushes he was hiding in after being loudly ordered to do so.

A 17-year-old boy said he got hit in the right eye and mouth and sprained his wrist during a fight with an 18-year-old subject who allegedly attacked him while he was playing basketball at Bull and Market streets.

Someone apparently used a screwdriver to remove the hasp and lock in order to open a wooden case at a Broad Street antique store. The thief took $5,000 in jewelry from inside the case.

A Springdale Drive store fired an employee after he removed a total of $680 over three occasions.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with five public disorderly conduct and trespassing; two DUI and theft from a motor vehicle; and one assault, ATM/credit card fraud, breach of trust, communicating threats, gas drive off, harassing or obscene phone call, malicious injury to personal property, shoplifting, simple assault, simple possession of marijuana 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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