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Crime Report - June 5, 2013

Home invasion suspect arrested, other sought

Posted: June 4, 2013 5:49 p.m.
Updated: June 5, 2013 5:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) arrested one of two men Friday accused of posing as cable company employees in order to rob an Elgin home.

KCSO deputies arrested Maurice Actona Williams, 26, of Ridgeway in Fairfield County on warrants charging him with first-degree burglary, armed robbery and kidnapping after determining that he and as yet unidentified second suspect robbed a couple in their Thorton Drive, Elgin home at gunpoint.

Williams and the other man -- reportedly posing as cable company employees -- arrived at the home around noon May 22 and told the homeowners they needed to inspect their cable box. When the homeowners asked to see identification, both men allegedly pulled out handguns and forced their way into the home. Once inside, the men held the couple and a small child at gunpoint while they demanded money. After obtaining several hundred dollars in cash, Williams and the other suspect fled in a black four-door sedan.

The homeowners called 911 and KCSO deputies and investigators responded to the call. The investigators interviewed the victims, developing leads that eventually led to Williams. During the next week, investigators followed up on those leads and tracked Williams down. After interview him, investigators obtained arrest warrants for Williams and served them on him Friday. Investigators then took him to the Kershaw County Detention Center where he remains in jail on a $250,000 bond.

KCSO officials said Williams has numerous arrests in Pennsylvania but that Kershaw County court records show no arrests here. Investigators are still trying to identify the second man. Anyone with information on the second suspect should call Crimestoppers at 1-888-274-6372 or the KCSO at 425-1512. Crimestoppers will pay up to a $1,000 reward for information leading the second suspect’s arrest.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of May 28 - June 3:

A Cassatt man reported that his 15-year-old son was robbed by two men at the Larry Doby baseball fields a little after 9 p.m. May 28. The boy said he had been walking across the fields heading in the direction of some apartments when he was suddenly approached by the two men. One of the men reportedly came up to him, grabbed his camouflaged colored bag and started to take it from him. The boy refused to let go and was reportedly struck in the face with a fist. The boy said he let the bag go and the two men ran off towards the apartments. The victim’s father recovered a sandal that had fallen off one of the suspect’s feet. Deputies also recovered a black rag. The suspects -- who got away with the bag, a baseball glove and baseball mittens -- were described as African-American males, more than 6 feet tall. One was wearing brown shorts and black sandals or slippers; the other was wearing a green shirt.

Deputies arrested a 20-year-old Lugoff man for allegedly assaulting his 18-year-old girlfriend on May 30. The victim said she and the man were arguing while she was driving down Leslie Branham Road, during which he allegedly pulled up on her parking brake. She said she pulled over, after which he allegedly pulled her out of the vehicle and punched and kicked her. Deputies reported seeing injuries consistent with her description of the assault. The victim said that after the assault she drove them to a home where he, again, allegedly repeated some of his earlier actions, causing her to hit a tree. Deputies charged the man with malicious injury to personal property and criminal domestic violence.

Deputies arrested a 56-year-old Lugoff woman after she allegedly almost hit two cars around 11 a.m. May 28. A caller said they saw the woman drive into a hair salon parking lot and a deputy was able to pull in right behind her. The deputy reported that the woman stepped out of the car and was unsteady on her feet. She was unable to complete a field sobriety test and was placed in a patrol car. Deputies searched her car and found two bottles of pills that were either unlabeled or labeled for something other than what was inside. Deputies then took the woman to the county jail and charged her with DUI and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Deputies arrested a 55-year-old Bethune man after finding him passed out on the sidewalk in front of a room at a West DeKalb Street motel in Camden. The man reportedly woke up as EMS workers were trying to check on him and he kicked one of them in stomach. He then reportedly began screaming and cursing at everyone and tried to get away from a deputy who sprayed the man with Cap-Stun. When that didn’t work, the deputy reportedly pulled out his Taser after which the man complied with instructions to be check out by EMS. Deputies then took him to jail.

At the request of the Lugoff Fire Department, deputies responded to a suspicious fire on Cook Road. According to the KCSO incident report, firefighters had to respond three times within two or three hours to the property. The third time, firefighters and deputies reported a strong odor of gasoline. A neighbor extinguished the fire.

Deputies arrested a 27-year-old Camden man and charged him with trafficking in crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and failure to stop for blue lights after a vehicle chase. No other details were provided.

Someone stole $11,500 worth of jewelry from a Lugoff home on Mauser Drive. The victim said most of the jewelry was in a jewelry box in the master bedroom. They said some of the other jewelry was kept in a safe.

A Lugoff man said an unknown man driving a small light colored four door car fired two shots at his car after an incident where the victim had to slam on his brakes to avoid hitting a cat on Kellytown Road.

Someone stole a burgundy 1998 Z-71 pickup truck from a Lugoff car dealer. Sales representatives said two men showed interest in that truck and another one on the lot earlier in the day.

One Camden man is accusing another Camden man with stealing $3,700 worth of jewelry from a home they share on Elizabeth Street.

A 25-year-old Lugoff woman allegedly fired a handgun at a male family member as he drove by her house. The victim was not hurt.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with 16 simple assaults; nine larcenies and vandalisms; eight thefts from a motor vehicle; four harassing or obscene phone calls, public disorderly conducts and swindles; three incorrigibles; two breaches of peace, burglaries, deaths, DUIs, intimidations, runaways, shopliftings, simple possessions of marijuana and trespassing; and one aggravated assault, bad check, criminal domestic violence, defrauding a taxi driver, forgery, impersonation, narcotics violation, possible reckless driving, theft from a building, trash dumping and use of a motor vehicle without consent.

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Camden Police Department (CPD) officers responded to a disturbance involving several people and a dog at Camden Elementary School around noon Sunday.

An officer spoke with a 37-year-old Cassatt man who said that he and his family had come to the school’s playground for a picnic. He told the officer that when they entered the playground, a black dog ran toward them. He said they were able to eat their meal and the children then went to play. Afterward, he said, the dog charged them again and began circling around them.

The Cassatt man said he ran over to the children and pulled out a pocket knife in case he had to defend them. He said he then told the dog’s owner, a 40-year-old Camden man, to get the dog or he would kill it. He said the dog owner then charged straight toward him claiming he was going to kill the Cassatt man. At that point, the Camden man’s wife reportedly got the dog and put it in their car.

The Camden man said he and his wife go to the school every weekend to let the dog run around. He confirmed that the Cassatt man and his family arrived at the park. He said the Cassatt man’s children came running toward the dog and that the dog ran to them, but claimed it did so playfully. The Camden man claimed the Cassatt man then charged toward the dog and pulled out a knife. He confirmed that he then ran toward the Cassatt man, but only to protect his dog. He claimed the Cassatt man threatened to kill him and the dog.

Officers determined the dog did not physically contact anyone and gave its owner a verbal warning concerning the city’s leash laws.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of May 27 - June 2:

Officers arrested a 32-year-old Camden man after he allegedly pulled a gun on another Camden man at the victim’s Chesnut Street home. The victim said he was being assaulted by his brother when the suspect pulled the gun on him. Officers entered the home and found the suspect in the kitchen smelling of alcohol. They found the handgun in the suspect’s waistband and a box cutter in his right front pants pocket. After securing the weapon, officers instructed the suspect to put his hands behind his back. At that point, officers reported, the suspect began cursing and saying he would not be handcuffed by anyone. Two officers had to restrain the man in order for him to be handcuffed and taken to the county jail. Officers charged him with public disorderly conduct; it was unclear whether he would face additional charges.

Officers arrested two men after spotting them in a white van that crossed the center line between Lakeshore Drive and Hasty Road around 12:45 a.m. Monday. They charged a 28-year-old Camden man with DUI and open container and giving a warning for driving left of center; and a 20-year-old Camden man for possession of beer by someone under 21 and open container.

The mother of a 16-year-old boy under house arrest said her son snuck out of their home and may have been with an 18-year-old man who lives outside the city limits. An officer and a KCSO deputy went to the home and successfully retrieved the boy.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with two breaches of trust, criminal domestic violence cases and public disorderly conducts; one assault by intimidation, beer/wine violation, DUI, shoplifting, theft from a motor vehicle and third degree (simple) assault.

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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