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Police Report for Dec. 29, 2010

CPD searching for woman in motel stabbing

Posted: December 28, 2010 4:52 p.m.
Updated: December 29, 2010 5:00 a.m.

The Camden Police Department (CPD) is looking for a 24-year-old woman officers say stabbed her 33-year-old boyfriend at a West DeKalb Street motel.

When officers arrived, they found the victim standing in the parking lot with the blade of a knife still lodged in his back. The knife’s handle was missing and the man refused to answer any of the officer’s questions.

An officer knocked on a motel room door. A woman -- not the suspect -- opened the door and the officer immediately noticed blood on the kitchen floor. The woman said she had just woken up and had no idea why the blood was there.

Officers found a handle believed to have come from the knife used in the attack.

Camden Police Chief Joseph M. Floyd said warrants were being drawn on the woman, who lives on Chesnut Ferry Road, Camden, and that officers anticipated making an arrest.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Dec. 20-26:

A 19-year-old Camden man was arrested Sunday for third degree (simple) assault and resisting arrest. Officers initially responded to a Chesnut Street apartment where the man claimed his sister stole a computer flash drive. Officers noticed a fresh, bleeding cut on his arm; the man claimed he didn’t know how he got cut. His sister said he cut himself to hide that he had assaulted her. She said he’d been asking for money and when she refused, he accused her of stealing the flash drive and began assaulting her. She said he grabbed her by the throat and slammed her against a wall. She said he then grabbed an iron, hit himself in the head and when he saw police, stabbed himself and ran outside yelling “she stabbed me.” The young man admitted he had punched a hole in a wall and shoved his sister by the neck because he thought she had stolen the flash drive. While being escorted to a patrol car, he began to pull away stating that he wasn’t going to jail. He was taken to the ground and was then transported to jail.

A 43-year-old Camden man was arrested for driving under the influence and not having a driver’s license Christmas Eve after he wrecked his vehicle on Broad Street at Monument Square. Officers arriving on the scene found the man’s car overturned and that it appeared to have struck a parked vehicle. They observed not only wreckage over the road, but a number of beer bottles that appeared to have come out of the man’s vehicle. EMS was called to the scene when the man was found to be entrapped and injured. He was taken to KershawHealth where a blood sample was drawn. He was read his Miranda rights and, after being released from the hospital, arrested and transported to the county jail.

A man called a Camden woman claiming she had won a multi-million-dollar sweepstakes and that he would send two people to pick her up to take her to the bank. He said she would need to withdraw $750 in order to cover insurance on the prize. When she said she didn’t want to participate, the man reportedly lowered the rate to $350. At that point she hung up the phone only to receive another call from someone purporting to be the first caller’s supervisor. She was advised that if they called back again, to get a description of their vehicle and call police immediately.

The CPD received a phone call from a California insurance company that someone had broken into a foreclosed Tickle Hill Road home sometime before Aug. 11 and stole a range, microwave and dishwasher.

Someone stole $2,000 in clothes being stored in a Carriage House Lane carport.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with four public disorderly conduct; two simple assault; and one animal call, counterfeiting, loitering, malicious injury to property, no driver’s license, possession of drug paraphernalia and theft from a motor vehicle.

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A 15-year-old girl and her 10-year-old sister have been removed from their mother’s home after the woman allegedly held a knife to the older girl’s throat. The woman had not been charged or arrested, as of a Dec. 21 Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) report.

Following the alleged incident, the girl went to a friend’s house and told the friend’s mother what happened. She repeated her story for deputies, saying her mother slapped her during an argument. In response, she admitted to pushing her mother away only to have her mother come at her with a small, purple-colored switch blade knife. The girl said her mother put the switch blade to her throat and said she would “make it so no one would want her.”

The girl said she ran to her room and waited for her mother to fall asleep before going to a neighbor’s house to call her friend’s mother to pick her up. Deputies noted the girl had scratches on the left side of her face and neck. She said the ones on her face were a result of being slapped, the one on her neck from the knife.

While speaking to a DSS caseworker at KCSO headquarters, the girl’s mother called and reported her as a runaway. Deputies noted the call came two hours after the girl left the house.

A determination was made to remove the girls from their mother and the older girl was transported back to the house to gather belongings for her and her sister. There, the mother claimed her older daughter was having sex with her boyfriend and that her daughter was making up the assault allegations to get back at her. She admitted to slapping her daughter and pulling her by the hair, but not to pulling the knife on her.

The knife was found on the mother’s dresser and taken as evidence. As the girl was being helped out of the house, the woman became upset and angry, claiming the girl’s father was a drunk and a cocaine user. Deputies could not find any evidence to substantiate her claims.

The girls were transported to a nearby grocery store and turned over to their father.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of Dec. 20-22:

Four men were taken into custody after a witness reported they were going through a house and shed on Youngs Bridge Road near Bethune and loading items into a truck and trailer. Bethune Police Chief Larry Davis and KCSO deputies located the four suspects at the house; one ran into some woods. The three remaining suspects claimed the house was abandoned and they were loading up metal for Christmas money. The KCSO tracked the fourth suspect to his residence but did not locate him at first. After transporting the first three men to the county jail, deputies went back to the suspect’s residence and found him there with scratches on his face.

Deputies were searching for a 17-year-old Lugoff boy who allegedly tried to sell two video game consoles stolen from a Springvale Road, Lugoff, home to another individual. The victims said they received a phone call from someone saying the suspect had tried to sell them to him. One of the victims also noticed that a 1945 Blythewood High School ring, woman’s diamond ring and woman’s yellow gold ring with diamond inlays were missing. They said the suspect has been known to go to a Camden motel to sell stolen items.

Someone cut the fence to a Ward Road, Lugoff, electric substation and cut more than 40 80-foot copper ground cables, three lightning arresters and other devices. They also took several bales of copper from a pallet. Evidence was found that a fence at another substation was cut, but nothing appeared to have been taken.

A special education middle school student was suspended pending an expulsion hearing for bringing a more than 3-inch-long pocket knife to school.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with four simple assault and vandalism; two larceny and public disorderly conduct; and one death, driving under suspension, harassing or obscene phone call, identity theft, larceny, theft from a motor vehicle and trespassing.

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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