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Police report for Dec. 15, 2010

Truck driver accused of attempted abduction

Posted: December 14, 2010 4:06 p.m.
Updated: December 15, 2010 5:00 a.m.

An 18-year-old Camden woman has accused a truck driver of trying to abduct her.

According to a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) report, the girl said she was walking past a white tractor trailer truck parked in a parking lot on Old River Road and Wylie Street in the city of Camden around 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 when an unidentified man came from behind the trailer and grabbed her by the arm. She said the suspect pointed a black handgun at her side and ordered her to get in the truck, where he allegedly punched her in the chest.

The suspect was described by authorities as being a 45-year-old African-American male, 6 feet tall, weighing 210 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Meanwhile, a man looking for the woman said he noticed the truck cab’s dome light on and then saw the victim in the passenger seat. He said he opened the passenger side door and told the victim to get out. At that point, the suspect allegedly pulled the gun out, and the victim and witness ran away.

They provided deputies with a description of the vehicle, including the truck number on the windshield. A deputy located the truck a short time later in Lugoff where the driver claimed the victim had been riding with him across the country.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of Dec. 6-12:

A 47-year-old Cassatt man was arrested and held on multiple charges after his wife called deputies to their Robinson Town Road home saying he had been fighting with her and smoking crack cocaine all day. Deputies arriving at the scene found the man sitting in a red Ford truck and quickly noticed he was acting nervous and trying to avoid answering questions. He was asked several times to step out of the truck but refused. After a short time, he agreed to exit the truck and deputies saw what was later determined to be crack cocaine in the seat. A small crack cocaine pipe was found on the seat cover. At that point, deputies attempted to put the man into investigative detention but he began to resist. At this point, three deputies were on the scene and the man began to fight with all of them, hitting and kicking all three of them. One of the deputies used a Taser but to no effect. Deputies tried twice more to use a Taser to subdue him, but the suspect was able to grab a deputy’s wrist, twist it and pull the Taser from the deputy’s hand. The deputy was then pushed over a trailer and the other two deputies began using their batons in an effort to subdue the suspect. The fight continued in this manner until deputies were finally able to handcuff the man. Due to injuries he suffered, the suspect was taken to the hospital first and then taken to jail. The injured deputy was also taken to the hospital to be checked.

A 24-year-old Lugoff man was charged with a third possession of marijuana offense, driving under suspension and presenting false identification. A deputy reported recognizing the man as someone who had outstanding warrants and confirmed there were such warrants as he watched the suspect drive away from a convenience store. During the ensuing traffic stop, the man presented the deputy with a driver’s license that actually belonged to his brother. He then admitted he was driving under suspension. The deputy gained consent to search the vehicle where he found a small glass baby food jar with 27 burned pieces of marijuana cigarettes weighing about 4 grams. The suspect was handcuffed, placed in a patrol car and taken to jail.

An expulsion hearing was scheduled for a middle school student after an incident involving a knife where another student’s finger was cut. According to a KCSO report, the offending student claimed to have picked up a box cutter he found while walking to school. He said he was playing around with the victim while the blade was in his hand when the victim was accidentally cut. The victim said he didn’t immediately report what happened because he didn’t want his friend to get in trouble. The victim’s mother said she would not press charges but would leave things to the school’s disciplinary procedures. The box cutter was not recovered.

A Jefferson Davis Highway, east Camden, auto dealer reported someone stole a vehicle from his lot. He said he came into work earlier in the week and noticed a window missing from his business, but didn’t notice any vehicles missing. He said he then received a phone call from Pageland police advising him they had the vehicle in their custody. They said they found it parked in a wooded area with the keys in the door.

A 59-year-old Lugoff woman was arrested and charged with criminal domestic violence after allegedly threatening to kill her husband, children and then herself with a .357 revolver. Her husband was reportedly able to get the gun away from her; she then allegedly got a knife and threatened to kill herself and her husband.

A Lugoff man came home to find approximately $20,000 worth of his belongings gone, including furniture, curtains, washer and dryer and other items. He told deputies he found a note from his wife stating that he had not been robbed -- that she had taken the missing items and left.

Someone kicked in the back door to a County Line, Elgin, residence, ransacked the home and stole several items. They also pulled the electric meter from the outside of the home and took it with them. Next door, deputies found the same thing had happened.

Someone entered a Longtown Road, Lugoff, home and steal a 42-inch flat screen TV, video game system and games, about $2,000 worth of jewelry, collector coins and antique money, as well as a 30/30 rifle and .38 caliber Texas special handgun.

For the second time in three weeks, someone stole several hundred dollars worth of wire from a Flat Rock Road quarry. An employee said about 250 feet of 10 gauge wire and 50 feet of 8 gauge wire were stolen.

An unidentified male suspect called in bomb threats to an east Camden store and Camden store. Both stores were checked and no bombs were found.

The KCSO is investigating accusations that a 3-year-old girl living in Kershaw County has been exposed to pornography or sexual activity while visiting her mother in Georgia.

Someone stole a number of Christmas decorations from the front porch and mailbox of an Elmwood Boulevard North, Elgin, home.

Someone entered a Cubs Path, Camden, home and stole a .22 caliber rifle with 50-round magazine.

Someone entered a Chesnut Ferry Road, Camden, residence and stole $3,000 in jewelry.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with 12 vandalism; 11 simple assault; seven larceny; four public disorderly conduct and theft from a motor vehicle; three ATM/credit card fraud; two breach of peace, disturbing school, harassing or obscene phone call, motor vehicle theft, simple possession of marijuana and theft from a building; and one aggravated assault, burglary, impersonation, intimidation, suicide threat, swindle and theft of motor vehicle parts or accessories.

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Camden Police Department (CPD) officers are looking for a man who allegedly robbed a West DeKalb Street motel office.

According to a CPD report, a woman working in the office said the man rang the service bell around 3:45 a.m. Saturday and said he wanted to rent a room. She said when she reached for the registration slips, the man pulled out a .45 caliber pistol and demanded money.

The woman said she gave him $65 and then peppersprayed him as he left the building. She said he ran across the street toward the rear of a gas station. A search was conducted by a number of officers and a KCSO deputy, but the suspect wasn’t found.

The woman described the robber as an African-American male, 25 to 30 years of age, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, navy blue ski mask and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about the man’s identity can call CPD investigators anonymously at 425-6025.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Dec. 6-12:

A young Camden man called police stating there were two intoxicated men walking in the road near Haile Street. When police arrived, they discovered the caller and another young man were actually turning themselves in for being intoxicated. One of the suspects began drinking from a bottle of liquor in the officers’ presence. They were both charged with public disorderly conduct and possession of liquor by someone under 21 years of age.

Officers responded to an alarm at a West DeKalb Street store and discovered a broken pane of glass at the corner of the store. A drag mark was found inside the store and another found in the grass outside. A KSCO K-9 team was called to the scene and followed a track to Duell Street where the track disappeared. Management stated the suspect got away with a large generator worth about $700.

CPD officers responded to two calls at the Salvation Army on Broad Street regarding people taking donated items from outside the store. No one was arrested in the first case because all the items were put back. A 56-year-old Camden man, however, was arrested following the second incident after he was caught taking bags of clothes and a Christmas tree and leaving in his car.

A 28-year-old man wanted in Lancaster County was arrested after allegedly getting into a physical confrontation with his girlfriend’s son on Hasty Road. He was located hiding behind an apartment building and found to be in possession of a prescription bottle labeled for Clonazepam with Xanax pills inside.

Someone broke into a newly purchased and recently winterized home on Fair Street and turned on the water in the bathroom sink causing an undetermined amount of damage.

A 25-year-old Camden woman said she was assaulted by three men and two women while visiting her cousin.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with three larceny; two ATM/credit card fraud and driving under the influence; and one attempted forgery, burglary, counterfeiting, gas drive off, harassing or obscene phone call, open container, public disorderly conduct, runaway, simple possession of marijuana and theft from a coin operated device.

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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