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Crime Report - Jan. 2, 2014

Detainee strikes officer at KCDC

Posted: December 31, 2013 4:19 p.m.
Updated: January 1, 2014 5:00 a.m.


A detainee at the Kershaw County Detention Center allegedly struck another detainee and a female corrections officer on Dec. 26.

According to a Camden Police Department (CPD) report, a 19-year-old detainee began to hit a cell door and advised the corrections officer that another detainee in the cell with him was not breathing. The corrections officer opened the door to escort the reportedly injured detainee out of the cell as the younger detainee attempted to grab the other man’s shirt. The corrections officer tried to spray the 19-year-old, but the spray did not work.

At that point, the young detainee allegedly came at the corrections officer in an aggressive manner. The corrections officer managed to push him away. The young man then stumbled toward her, falling to the ground and bringing her down with him. He then allegedly grabbed a lunch tray in an attempt to hit the officer, but another officer arrived and restrained him. As the officers restrained him, the 19-year-old kicked the female officer in the lower leg. The officers did manage to restrain him and escort him to another cell.

While being escorted, he also allegedly claimed he was going to “get” the officers because he knew where they “stay.”

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Dec. 24-29:

Someone broke into a home on the 1800 block of Broad Street and stole a silver 1911 Colt handgun. The victim said he and his wife returned from vacation to find numerous appliances rearranged in the home, including two TVs taken from their stands in the living and dining rooms and placed by the front door along with DVDs and a tool set. The victim also told officers that a neighbor said they saw an unidentified person walking around the residence about an hour before they returned. The subject reportedly fled the scene when the neighbor tried to make contact.

A man living on Champion Street said an unknown male subject came up to him while he was outside his home and said he was going to shoot him because he tried to rape his daughter. The man said he saw the subject reach towards his waist line as if he was going to pull out a weapon, so he left and called police.

Officers recovered a baggie containing 1.5 grams of cocaine from a home on Greene Street.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies and dealt with nine shoplifting; three third degree (simple) assault; two DUI; and one breach of trust, criminal domestic violence, larceny and vandalism.


A 24-year-old Westville man is in jail charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.

According to a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) report, the man hit his estranged wife with a shotgun and then tried to shoot her with it. The man’s 27-year-old wife said she and her husband have not lived together since August and that they have a verbal agreement to stay away from each other. She said she returned home from work Christmas Eve to find her husband in the kitchen cooking. She said he appeared intoxicated and had a bottle of liquor with him.

The woman said she and her husband got into an argument when she asked him to leave. The argument reportedly became physical and spilled into the back yard. At that point, the woman alleges, her husband produced the shotgun and struck her in the head and upper chest area several times with the weapon. He then allegedly attempted to shoot her, but she reportedly managed to grab the barrel of the gun, forcing him to shoot into the ground. At that point, the victim said, she got into her vehicle and left while her husband reloaded the shotgun.

Deputies found a 12-gauge shotgun shell at the bottom of the back porch steps. Deputies located the man at his current residence on Dec. 26 on an outstanding arrest warrant and transported him to the Kershaw County Detention Center where he was still being held as of late Tuesday morning.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of Dec. 20-30:

Deputies responded to a disturbance at a James West Lane residence where a 22-year-old man allegedly got into an argument with everyone about Christmas dinner and slapped a relative who is seven months pregnant. He then allegedly left the house with a long gun, yelling and screaming at the family. Searching the man’s room, deputies found several pieces of drug paraphernalia including smoking pipes, snorting straws, cigarette wrappers and papers. They also found several plastic baggies with white or brown powder substances, thought to be cocaine and methamphetamine; digital scales; and other items. Deputies called the KCSO narcotics and bloodhound units to the scene. The bloodhound team tracked the man to a nearby home on Electric Lane. They collected two cell phone and a .22 caliber long rifle found on his person at the time. It was unclear whether charges were filed against the man.

A deputy arrested a 30-year-old Lugoff man after a short foot chase in the vicinity of a motel on U.S. 1 in Lugoff. The deputy reported that he was driving by the motel when he saw the subject walk through the lot. Knowing that he had outstanding warrants, the deputy exited his patrol car to speak to the man. However, the man ran when the deputy asked him to come over and speak with him. The deputy chased him to the rear of the motel where he attempted to use his Taser. Although one barb did strike the man in the lower back, the Taser turned itself off after deploying. At that point, the deputy tackled the subject and arrested him. According to his report, the deputy found two pill bottles in the area of the arrest containing unknown pills and a substance thought to be hashish. He charged the subject with resisting arrest.

Someone broke into a West Street, Elgin home and stole approximately $13,500 worth of possessions. A woman living there reported to deputies that the house had been vacant for eight months and that when she returned on Dec. 20, she found a rear window broken out with a ladder leaning on the window. The reporting deputy said they found the residence in disarray, with many items on the floor; other items were found in the back yard. The woman reported the following items missing: two large flat-screen TVS, two refrigerators, an electric stove, three laptop computers, a riding lawnmower, VCR, two video game systems, 7-inch tablet computer, printer, various pieces of jewelry, two charcoal grills, washer and dryer, gas-powered dirt bike, sheets, towels and various pieces of clothing.

Deputies arrested a 22-year-old Lugoff man on charges of receiving stolen goods after one of the man’s parents contacted deputies about receiving a package with another person’s name and address. Checking with the victim, deputies learned a package delivery company confirmed leaving a package at her front door on Dec. 4. When she got home, however, the package was not there. After being placed in a patrol car, the subject told deputies they could find the tools in the home. The man’s parent agreed to deputies searching the home; they found two of the tools and the shipping slip under a sofa in the subject’s room. The man’s parent then showed them another room the subject had access to. There, another sofa, deputies found three package envelopes with yet another person’s name on them.

Deputies arrested a 17-year-old male subject for allegedly assaulting an 18-year-old man at the victim’s Lugoff home. The victim said the two of them had been drinking when the younger man got out of control and began threatening his life. He said the subject hit him in the face and started choking him. The victim said the subject then climbed through the window of a Duke Drive residence to spend the night, without the homeowner knowing. Deputies found the young man in the back of the home in a locked bedroom with a open can of beer. Deputies arrested him and charged him with third degree (simple) assault, being a minor in possession of beer and trespassing.

The KCSO is seeking the whereabouts of two men who have failed to maintain their registrations as sex offenders. George O’Bryant King, 49, of Bishopville Highway, Camden, is considered homeless and is thought to be living in some woods in Lugoff. He was convicted of committing, or attempting to commit a lewd act on a child under the age of 16 in 1998. He was also convicted of a sex offender registry violation in 2010. Christopher Lee Winkler, 30, of Wildwood Lane, Elgin, was convicted in 2002 for second degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor between the ages of 11 and 14 years old. He failed to register with the sheriff’s office in April, July or October 2013.

Deputies arrested a 33-year-old Lugoff man on drug charges after responding to reports of a suspicious person on Railgate Loop. As one deputy responded, he saw a white Chevy Monte Carlo leave at a high rate of speed. The deputy turned around, activated blue lights and stopped the car. As he approached, he smelled the odor of marijuana, asked the subject to exit the vehicle and patted him down. Another deputy conducted a search of the car and located a clear plastic bag containing a white powder believed to be cocaine. Deputies then arrested him for possession of cocaine and transported him to the Kershaw County Detention Center.

Deputies responding to a disturbance on Hazelhurst Street in Camden had to use force to arrest a 49-year-old man on public disorderly conduct charges. Deputies asked the man three times to stop being loud and boisterous so they could talk with the homeowner. At that point, deputies told him he was under arrest and went to handcuff him. He pulled away, and a deputy used an “arm bar takedown” to place the man on the ground. Even then, the man reportedly refused to comply to verbal commands. The deputy reported having to force the man’s right hand in order to handcuff him. He is now charged with resisting arrest.

A woman at a Sessions Road home said that as she and her husband were laying down for the night, they heard a knock on the bedroom window. When they went to the living room, they found a male acquaintance in the living room. The man -- whom the woman said was apparently intoxicated -- had hosted a party her husband had attended earlier in the evening. She said her husband must not have locked the door. She said her husband pushed the man out the door and shut it, but that the man threw a wine bottle through the glass portion of the door, causing her husband to cut his hand.

Deputies arrested a 24-year-old Camden man on an outstanding bench warrant after he allegedly kicked in the door to his ex-girlfriend’s apartment. The victim told deputies she and the subject had broken up the day before and that he had returned to pick up some of his clothes. However, she had told him he could not come inside and that she was not going to open the door. The man allegedly kicked in the door, went upstairs and retrieved four of his shirts before leaving with his cousin.

A Camden man accidentally shot himself on Jefferson Davis Highway in east Camden. He told deputies the hammer slipped while he was trying to make the gun safe while at a car wash. A Cassatt man also accidentally shot himself with a 9mm handgun while at a local shooting range. He said he had completed firing and didn’t realize there was another round in the chamber while he was trying to clear the weapon.

A deputy arrested and charged a 22-year-old Bethune man with possession of crack, possession of hycrocodone and simple possession of marijuana following a traffic stop at the intersection of Highland Avenue and Laurens Street in Camden. The subject failed to signal before making the turn from Laurens Street to Highland Avenue. The deputy reported that he had arrested the man once before for marijuana possession.

Deputies arrested six people following a disturbance at a U.S. 1 lounge that was the site of a recent disturbance where shots had allegedly been fired. In the current incident, arriving deputies saw a large group of people in the parking lot yelling and screaming at each other. Deputies charged all the subjects with public disorderly conduct.

Deputies arrested a 22-year-old Lugoff woman after she allegedly chased her mother and stepfather while she was wielding a knife. The arguments leading to the alleged attacks reportedly had to do with whether or not the woman was smoking too close to a porch door and if the woman’s mother was taking her stepfather’s word over her own.

A man allegedly made inappropriate comments to a woman staying with friends in Elgin and then, later, peeped through a window while she was changing clothes. The man allegedly also asked for the woman’s panties, but left when the woman’s boyfriend ran outside after him.

A county man allegedly stole approximately $3,450 in farm equipment, including a grain drill, belonging to some acquaintances from a shop on Porter Cross Road in Lugoff. The victims recovered the grain drill but said they saw more of their property at the suspect’s location.

Deputies arrested a 52-year-old county woman for allegedly calling 911 on multiple occasions to complain that helicopters were flying around her house and that the government was out to get her. Deputies charged her with illegal use of 911.

A 53-year-old Bethune man allegedly rammed a 33-year-old Bethune man’s car as he was trying to get in I at a Main Street, Bethune bar. The incident was reportedly captured on video.

Someone stole a 42-inch riding lawn mower from the front yard of a Sessions Road, Elgin home. Someone also stole a lawn mower from a shed at a home on Rocky Branch Lane in Elgin.

Someone used a soup can to break out a window at and kicked in the door to a Lakeshore Drive, Camden home and knocked down and broke a set of white china dishes.

A 20-year-old Lugoff man allegedly used a gun to intimidate and threaten a 15-year-old boy while questioning the teenager about some stolen motorcycles.

Someone used a shotgun to shoot at a Buick minivan on S.C. 341 near Bethune, causing $3,000 worth of damage.

A 20-year-old county man is accused of stealing a .44 caliber pistol from the bedroom of a Sayre Lane, Elgin home.

Someone vandalized some newspaper vending machines at a U.S. 1 South restaurant and stole $43 worth of coins.

Someone stole an air conditioning unit worth $6,000 from the side of a house on Cedars Spring Drive, Elgin.

Someone stole two handguns -- one .9mm, the other a .45 caliber -- from a home on Ridgeway Road, Lugoff.

Someone stole three dirt bikes worth a total of $2,500 from a Leslie Branham Road, Lugoff, home.

Someone broke into a factory on U.S. 601 South and stole a flatbed truck worth nearly $17,500.

County deputies also assisted other agencies and dealt with 13 larceny; 10 public disorderly conduct; seven DUI and third degree (simple) assault; six vandalism; five simple possession of marijuana; four breach of peace and criminal domestic violence; three driving under suspension, shoplifting and trespassing; two burglary, death, harassment, no driver’s license, open container, theft from a motor vehicle and threats; and one ATM/credit card fraud, child custody issue, family court matter, fraudulent check, missing person, runaway, stolen property offense and suicide.

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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