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Crime Report - May 1, 2013

Gun pulled, no one hurt in road rage case

Posted: April 30, 2013 5:10 p.m.
Updated: May 1, 2013 5:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) made no arrests and no one was hurt in a possible recent case of road rage on Dry Branch Road.

According to a KCSO report, a 23-year-old Lugoff man allegedly pulled a gun on the driver of another vehicle and threatened to “blow his brains out” after being chastised for driving badly. The 23-year-old allegedly drove up behind the victim at a fast rate of speed and then pulled over to pass him. That caused the victim to “go off the road” and almost hit another vehicle.

The driver said he followed the Lugoff man thinking he might be a recklessly driving teenager with the intention of speaking to his parents. He reportedly admitted that he got out of the car and started yelling at the Lugoff man, who then pulled out a gun. The victim told deputies he went back to the car, telling the Lugoff man he was going to call authorities. At that point, the Lugoff man reportedly said, “I am the law.”

When a KCSO deputy arrived at the scene, the Lugoff man revealed he was a police officer, that he was still wearing his holster and badge underneath his hooded shirt. The Lugoff man said the victim was aggressive toward him and used profanity.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of April 23 - May 1:

A man allegedly pushed the pregnant mother of his unborn child into the passenger side of a car while she was pumping gas and drove them to a Richland County location. The man allegedly choked the woman and drove to his grandmother’s house where he allegedly began to assault her again. The man reportedly left the woman at his grandmother’s house in the victim’s vehicle.

A man living on Hunting Inc. Road thought he heard his dog trying to get inside the home but found a man standing near his back door instead. The homeowner told deputies he went to get his gun, but by the time he returned, the intruder had run out of the house, jumped the fence and headed into some woods.

A reportedly intoxicated Camden man allegedly showed up at an apartment where the mother of his child was living, poured bleached throughout the apartment and then assaulted the woman.

A 17-year-old Lugoff man allegedly sold marijuana and pills in a fast food restaurant parking lot on U.S. 1 in Lugoff.

Someone stole a Bible, earrings, cocktail ring and flashlight from a vehicle parked on magnolia Ridge Lane, Elgin.

A Cassatt man reported that his wife forged his name and cashed a check for more than $500.

Someone stole $165 from a vehicle parked on Brewer Springs Road, Camden.

Someone stole a rifle and TV from a home on Fletcher Drive, Kershaw.

An Elgin woman sold an Elgin man a car with a lien on it for $600.

Someone stole $200 from a store on Bethune Road, Bethune.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with 11 larcenies; eight vandalisms; seven narcotics violations; four simple assaults, burglaries, and public disorderly conduct; two people driving under suspension, harassments and liquor law violations; and one death, DUI, missing persons and theft from building.

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“Yup, I’m drunk,” a Camden man reportedly told Camden Police Department (CPD) officers after he failed to complete a walk and turn portion of a field sobriety test on Haile Street. The man had no driver’s license and his breath test registered a blood alcohol level of .20.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of April 23 - May 1:

Someone from Kent, Wash., called a Camden business falsely informing them that their bill was past due and that they needed to provide a corporate credit card to pay the bill immediately or the power would be turned off.

The CPD charged a Camden man with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after he was found carrying a gun case on a technical college campus.

A Camden man reported that his 7-year-old daughter was struck in the head several times by a 10-year-old boy while they were walking home from school.

Someone stole more than $600 in cash and coins and more than $20 of food and alcohol from a business on West DeKalb Street, Camden.

Someone beat a Camden man and robbed him of a gold chain at gunpoint in a restaurant parking lot.

Two juveniles were caught taking money from a tip jar at a fast-food restaurant.

Someone stole several decorative items from a closed business on Broad Street.

A man allegedly stabbed his brother in the back following an argument.

Someone used a counterfeit $10 bill at a fast food restaurant.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with four thefts from motor vehicles and cases of public disorderly conduct; two shopliftings, trespasses of real property and DUI; and one larceny, forgery, no driver’s license, assault, simple possession of marijuana, criminal domestic violence and burglary.

 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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