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Police report for Dec. 1, 2010

KCSO investigating two home invasions

Posted: November 30, 2010 12:43 p.m.
Updated: December 1, 2010 5:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) is investigating two home invasions, one of which sent a woman to the hospital. Both incidents took place Saturday night.

The first reportedly happened around 9 p.m. on Oak Ridge Church Road near Kershaw. According to that report, a 72-year-old man who lived at the home said two men knocked on his door asking for money. He said the men snatched the front screen door open and struck him in the head, causing him to fall.

The victim said the men went into his bedroom and stole his wallet, which contained $400. The man suffered minor injuries and declined to be transported to the hospital.

The victim described his assailants as two white men, one with a large frame, the other small. He said they wore camouflage outfits and black skull caps.

The second incident was reported around 11:30 p.m. A 51-year-old female victim reported that three masked assailants knocked on the rear door of her Jefferson Davis Highway, east Camden, home. She said when she asked who was there, the suspects claimed to be the police.

The woman said when she opened the rear door, one of the suspects punched her in the stomach, knocking her to the floor. She said she started calling for a 66-year-old man living there. One of the suspects allegedly kicked her about the head and body and pushed her into a gas heater, knocking her unconscious. Deputies reported finding the woman face down in a pool of blood.

According to the man living there, the suspects ran into the bedroom where he was sitting on a bed and pointed a pistol in his face. He said they demanded money and took $45 before searching the room. They then demanded the man’s gun. When he said he didn’t have one, they ran out of the house and fled the scene.

The suspects were said to be wearing “ninja-type” masks and may have been Hispanic, the victims said,

Also, the KCSO is investigating a reported robbery at the Jefferson Davis Highway, east Camden, Dollar General. An employee said he had just gotten into his vehicle around 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day with a deposit bag when a suspect who had been crouched down nearby suddenly leaned through the door and across him and stole the bag. The suspect, who was not described, reportedly ran behind the victim’s vehicle and behind the right side of the store.

Anyone with information about either home invasion or the Dollar General robbery is asked to call investigators at 425-1512.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of Nov. 22-28:

A 31-year-old Cassatt man was arrested after he was spotted driving under suspension by a KCSO deputy. The man was pulled over on U.S. 1 near the airport where the deputy noticed the odor of marijuana. He had the suspect get out of the vehicle and instructed him to place his hands behind his back to be placed under arrest. The deputy got one hand cuffed when the suspect pulled away. The man resisted for a short time until the deputy used a Taser in his back near his right shoulder. A search of his car turned up a partially smoked marijuana cigarette. The suspect was arrested for driving under suspension, resisting arrest and simple possession of marijuana. After dropping off his prisoner at the county jail, the deputy found a piece of crack cocaine in the back seat of his patrol car. The suspect was charged with possession of crack cocaine.

A 31-year-old Liberty Hill man was arrested on a possession of stolen goods charge and outstanding warrants from both South Carolina and North Carolina authorities. When deputies went to the man’s Dolan Lane address, they found a blue Chevrolet Truck with a tag coming back to a Ford Contour. The truck itself was reported stolen out of Lowell, N.C

A 39-year-old Goose Creek man was taken to a Richland County emergency room after reportedly being accidentally shot in the leg at a Boykin Mill Road location. According to deputies, one of the victim’s in-laws had retrieved the 9mm handgun from a bedroom to show the victim. After showing it to the victim, he reportedly turned and went to put it in his back pocket. He said the gun fell to the floor, discharging, striking the victim in the left calf.

Two woman staying at an east Camden man’s house have been accusing of stealing two video game consoles and 30 video games and pawning at least some of the items. They have also been accused of breaking into a car at the victim’s home and removing the transmission, radiator, air conditioner condenser and drive axles.

A 35-year-old woman who was arrested Nov. 12 on unspecified charges is also being accused of stealing a computer, clothes and other items, including a pair of reading glasses, from an East Ridge Road, Lugoff, home where her son was helping to feed a cat while the owner was hospitalized.

The KCSO and Kershaw County Fire Marshal’s Office are looking into a suspicious fire that destroyed an abandoned home on Mt. Zion Road near Camden. They are also investigating what appears to be arson in the case of an abandoned Vaughns Mill Road church.

Someone forced open a side door at a Ballfield Road, Camden, apartment and stole a video game console, laptop computer, external hard drive, gold medallion cross, pair of men’s shoes, miscellaneous DVDs, clothes iron and gym bag.

A man living on Seegars Mill Road said someone in a white truck fired a shot at him and a friend while they were in his yard.

A 30-year-old Edgefield County man staying at a friend’s home in Kershaw County allegedly hid at least $500 of the friend’s money while purportedly waiting to turn himself in on a bench warrant.

A 42-year-old Camden man was arrested for driving under suspension and possession of crack cocaine which was found in two plastic film bottles under the center console.

Someone stole a homemade “keg” grill, miscellaneous tools and several pounds of scrap metal from McRae Road and White Street residences in east Camden.

Someone shattered the glass to the back door of a Dunham Road, Bethune, residence and stole a 42-inch flat screen TV and 22-inch chrome wheels.

Someone stole a grounding bar and an unknown amount of wire from a cell phone tower on Cypress Road near the Kershaw-Lee county line.

 A 49-year-old Camden man allegedly stood in a window completely naked while making sexual remarks to a female neighbor.

Someone stole a bright orange 2000 Suzuki motorcycle worth about $7,500 from a Kimpton Drive, Lugoff, residence.

Someone broke into a Thompson Street, east Camden, home and stole a 42-inch flat screen TV and some beer and liquor.

A .380 caliber handgun was found on the side of the road on Sycamore Street north of Camden.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with seven vandalism; six larceny and simple assault; four public disorderly conduct; three intimidation; two burglary, death, simple possession of marijuana, missing person, no driver’s license, theft from a motor vehicle, trespassing and unlawful use of telephone; and one animal cruelty, forgery, fraud, harassing or obscene phone call, impersonation, prowler, restraining order violation, theft of motor vehicle parts or accessories and use of a motor vehicle without owner’s consent.

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One of four remaining defendants in the gang-related December 2007 slaying of a Camden teenager was arrested Saturday, this time for allegedly trying to assault several police officers.

Defiggieo Cappuccino Whitaker, 23, of Fairfax Drive, Camden, allegedly failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection of Salmond and Doby streets when he was spotted by a Camden Police Department (CPD) officer. The officer then saw Whitaker allegedly turn onto Doby Street and accelerate at a high rate of speed before making an abrupt right hand turn on to Carlos Street.

A traffic stop was made in a driveway on Carlos Street. The officer learned Whitaker’s license had been suspended for failing to pay a traffic ticket. Despite resistance from the suspect including trying to kick at one officer, deputies were able to place Whitaker in the patrol car but he began trying to kick out the driver’s side rear window and yelling profanity. Officers were eventually able to restrain Whitaker but while being transported to the jail he was able to free himself from his handcuffs and began to punch the cage in the patrol car. The officer stopped his vehicle and commanded Whitaker to stop resisting so he could be handcuffed again. Whitaker allegedly refused and was sprayed with a substance several times. After a brief struggle, Whitaker was able to be subdued, but continued to bang his head against the cage during the trip to jail. There, however, he calmed down and was booked without further incident.

In addition to being charged with assault on a police officer, Whitaker was charged with disregarding a stop sign, driving under suspension, failure to surrender a suspended driver’s license and having an improper vehicle license.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Nov. 22-28:

Three girls and a 33-year-old Camden woman were arrested for shoplifting. Management of a Springdale Plaza outlet said the teens were seen stuffing various pieces of clothing in a purse, their jackets and pants. The store accused the woman of teaching the girls how to shoplift the items. The juveniles were released to guardians. The woman was arrested for shoplifting contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

A 44-year-old Myrtle Beach man was charged with public disorderly conduct after he allegedly began removing items from a truck and throwing them into the middle of Market Street. Officers found the man standing in the road with a tire and shoes on top of it. He was found to be “incoherent and acting strangely” and transported to the county jail.

A 47-year-old man said he was attacked and robbed by another man at the corner of Wylie and Gordon streets. He said he was walking home when someone struck him in the face and stole his 6-pack of beer. The man suffered a swollen check and eye.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with four public disorderly conduct; three larceny; two counterfeiting; and one attempted suicide, communicating threats, criminal domestic violence 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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