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Crime Report - May 14, 2014

Fast food patron robbed at gunpoint

Posted: May 13, 2014 2:45 p.m.
Updated: May 14, 2014 5:00 a.m.

A customer at a Wall Street, Camden, reported being robbed at gunpoint in the men’s bathroom.

According to a Camden Police Department (CPD) report dated May 4, the 17-year-old victim said he was leaving the restroom when an African-American man -- described as being 6 feet tall and between 20 and 25 years of age -- approached him with a pistol and demanded everything in his pockets.

The report said the victim gave the suspect a $20 bill and two iPhones, but refused to give the gunman his car keys. The victim said he began talking loudly in an attempt to get others’ attention. At that point, the suspect allegedly pointed the gun at the victim’s head and ordered to be quiet or be killed.

The victim said he waiting in the bathroom for several minutes before exiting and calling police.

The CPD reported the following other incidents recently:

Officers arrested a Camden man Thursday, charging him with second-degree assault and a weapons law violation after he allegedly brandished a pistol at three men playing basketball at Boykin Park. He allegedly struck one of the men in the face with the gun. The CPD report identified Tarik Omar Shiggs, 32, of Hampton Street as the arrested man. Officers took Shiggs to the Kershaw County Detention Center, and the victim to the emergency room. The CPD served Shiggs with warrants for one count each of second-degree assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and three counts of pointing and presenting a firearm.

A 52-year-old Camden man showed up at CPD headquarters May 3 wearing only a ripped shirt, underwear, socks and shoes and told officers he had been assaulted and his pants had been stolen, along with his wallet and keys. The CPD report said the victim was afraid of his three assailants and did not want to press charges. He said they were all supposed to ride together to Lugoff. However, when he got in the car, the man allegedly attacked him, one with a hammer. He said he fought back, escaped and went to the police station.

Officers arrested a Camden woman Sunday for indecent exposure. A CPD officer reported spotting the 54-year-old woman on DeKalb Street. He reported that she lowered her pants to mid-thigh, exposing her buttocks and public area, and that she “began to vigorously shove her right hand between her legs.” When the officer asked the woman why she had done so, she reportedly said “there was a bug biting (her) down there.” The officer arrested her and took her to the detention center.

The CPD also reported 11 cases of shoplifting, five thefts, three vandalisms, two driving under the influence arrests, two cases of drunkenness, two reports of criminal domestic violence and one report each of trespassing after notice, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, open container, underage possession of alcohol, short-change scam, motor vehicle theft, burglary and a counterfeit $100 bill.

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Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested three Lugoff men May 7 for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine.

The three men identified in a KCSO press release are Edward W. Conant, 42, Joseph H. Johnson, 35 and Jammie L. Frazier, 34. Deputies arrested the men after serving a search warrant at a Cricket Hill Drive, Lugoff, home. According to the KCSO, Conant had prior arrests for the same offense in May 2013 and February of this year.

The KCSO said deputies had received numerous complaints from local residents about the drug activity. The meth lab is the seventh found in Kershaw County this year, compared to only three in all of 2013. Conant, Johnson and Frazier are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Johnson and Conant are also charged with possession of methamphetamine. Additionally, Johnson is being charged with simple possession of marijuana, second offense. Deputies also seized two pistols during the raid.

“Our narcotics investigators are trying to stay on top of this meth problem before it gets even more out of hand. Their efforts are paying off with yet another meth lab bust,” Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said. “We will continue to focus on this problem as information by the public and through independent investigation is obtained. Some counties in South Carolina have a serious meth problem. We are determined to keep that from happening in Kershaw County.”

Conant has previous arrests for manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, traffic offenses, shoplifting and criminal sexual conduct. Johnson has been arrested for possession of marijuana, weapons violations and traffic offenses. Frazier has previous arrests for criminal domestic violence, shoplifting, grand larceny and burglary. Frazier is currently on probation. Conant was out on bond for two prior methamphetamine manufacturing offenses and criminal sexual conduct.

The KCSO also reported six thefts, five arrests for driving under the influence, five assaults, three arrests for possession of marijuana, two burglaries, two arrests for driving under suspension and one case each of possession of cocaine, malicious injury to property, public disorderly conduct and a stolen vehicle.

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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