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Man allegedly shoots at, breaks into ex-girlfriend’s home

Posted: July 17, 2014 4:30 p.m.
Updated: July 18, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Harley Joe Moore

Responding to a frantic 911 call for help and a follow up investigation, Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Harley Joe Moore, 33, of Camden, and charged him with first degree burglary, discharging a firearm into a dwelling, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and unlawfully carrying a weapon.

According to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews, dispatchers received a call from the victim a little after 9 p.m. Monday. The woman told dispatchers Moore was trying to break into her home while she and her 11-year-old son were inside. At one point, Moore allegedly fired a .357 magnum handgun into a doorknob and although through a glass door. The woman said she armed herself and told her son to hide in a closet. She later told investigators that Moore -- her ex-boyfriend -- actually entered her home looking for her, but fled when he couldn’t find her.

A responding deputy stopped Moore less than a quarter-mile away and arrested him following the discovery of the .357 magnum pistol and empty shell casings in his pocket. Investigators were able to obtain significant forensic evidence at the scene of the home linking Moore to the crime and also obtained witness statements from the victim and her son. According to the victim, she had attempted to sever ties with Moore, but he continuously harassed her over the period of a month.

Investigators also charged Moore with kidnapping and second degree assault and battery stemming from an earlier incident on June 13 at Moore’s house. Then, Moore allegedly threatened and assaulted the same victim and fired a handgun into the ceiling of his home while threatening her.

According to Matthews, Moore’s previous arrest record includes assault and battery with intent to kill, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, felony malicious injury to property, harassment, obscene phone calls or the unlawful use of a telephone, failure to stop for blue lights, solicitation of prostitution, DUI, open container and public disorderly conduct, along with several traffic related offenses. He is also prohibited by federal law to possess a firearm.

A Kershaw County grand jury never indicted Moore on the assault and battery with intent to kill charge. In that case, deputies arrested Moore in September 2002 for allegedly driving an ex-girlfriend’s car with “reckless abandon” in a way that made the woman feel that he showed a “willful disregard for her safety.” Online Kershaw County court records show that charge against Moore was dismissed on Feb. 12, 2004. Those same records show that the assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and malicious injury charges were also dismissed due to no indictment.

According to Lancaster County online court records, Moore was found guilty at a bench trial for solicitation of prostitution and sentenced whatever time he had served.

It was unclear at press time on what previous charge Moore may have been convicted that would have lead to him being forbidden to possess a firearm.

Deputies transported Moore to the Kershaw County Detention Center. During a bond hearing at the jail on Wednesday, a judge denied Moore bond on the first degree burglary charge and set a total of $85,000 bond for the remaining charges.


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