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Crime Report - Feb. 17, 2017

Lugoff men arrested for assault by mob

Posted: February 16, 2017 4:47 p.m.
Updated: February 17, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested two Lugoff men following an assault that allegedly took place around 5:45 a.m. Sunday.

According to a KCSO report, deputies charged Kristopher Dwayne Dixon, 21, and Kevin L. Haston, 43, both of Bob-O-Link Road in Lugoff after they allegedly assaulted another male subject staying with them. Responding deputies found the victim at a Springvale Road residence with visible marks and cuts and both eyes appearing to be bruised.

The victim said his mother was on the phone with Dixon. He said he didn’t like what Dixon was saying to her, so he took the phone and talked to Dixon. He said Dixon then began threatening him.

Several hours later, Dixon and Haston allegedly pushed in an air conditioning unit in order to get in the house and began to assault the victim. They allegedly did so by punching him and kicking him numerous times. The victim said he was able to get out of the house and call 911.

Deputies went to Bob-O-Link Road residence and could see Dixon inside. Upon his opening the door, deputies reportedly could see he had minor cuts to his knuckles and they were bleeding. Haston came to the door shortly thereafter and deputies reportedly saw he had marks as if he’d been in a struggle. Dixon reportedly admitted he assaulted the victim, but claimed he did so because he did not want the victim in his house.

Deputies arrested the men and transported them to the Kershaw County Detention Center (KCDC) where they initially charged them with third-degree assault by mob with bodily injury. Later in the day, however, a magistrate holding bond court contacted deputies and said he had learned the victim might have several facial fractures and was about to undergo a CT scan.

According to jail records, the charges against Dixon and Haston were raised to second-degree assault by mob resulting in serious bodily injury. As of Tuesday, Dixon was still being held at the KCDC on $20,000 cash/surety bond. Online court records show Haston was released on the same amount of bond on Tuesday.

The KCSO reported the following other recent incidents:

A deputy arrested a 19-year-old Lexington man on several charges after he caught the man traveling east on I-20 at 95 mph in a 70 mph zone around 8:15 p.m. Feb. 8. According to a KCSO incident report, the deputy found two men in the vehicle. The driver claimed the car was his mother’s and he didn’t know where the registration was; he also said he did not have any identification on his person. The deputy reported he smelled a faint odor of marijuana coming from inside the car while talking with the men. He also reported the men were acting nervously. The driver said they were headed to Coastal Carolina University to meet a friend and apologized for speeding. Despite the driver saying they would be at the university for several days, the deputy saw no luggage in the car. The man also said there was nothing illegal in the car. While speaking with the passenger, the deputy reported still smelling the odor of marijuana and called in another deputy for backup. With the other deputy present, the first deputy searched the car and found a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun in the glove box. In the center console, the deputy found numerous packs of blunt wraps commonly used to smoke marijuana. He then pulled down the center portion of the back seat, which had a small door that opened up into the trunk and saw a small book bag. A search of the bag revealed two marijuana grinders with a small amount of marijuana in each one and a small pipe with marijuana residue. The driver claimed ownership of all the items, claiming he bought the gun “from a guy” in a gas station parking lot for $150. A check with dispatch revealed the gun had been stolen. Deputies charged the driver with simple possession of marijuana, driving under suspension and speeding and held him at the detention center pending a charge of possession of a stolen pistol.

Deputies arrested a 28-year-old Elgin man on several charges after he allegedly busted in the door to a room at the Economy Inn on U.S. 1 in Lugoff and then took off around the back of the motel. According to a KCSO report, deputies responded to the motel just before midnight Feb. 10 searched the area and were unable to find the man. Deputies then learned he had managed to get back into his own motel room. They went there and could see him inside, but he initially refused to come to the door. When he did, deputies entered the room and asked him what happened. He claimed he didn’t know how the door to the other motel room got busted. Deputies reported the man appeared to be grossly intoxicated and advised him several witnesses claimed he had busted the door. They then advised him he was under arrest. He allegedly refused to follow multiple commands to put his hands behind his back and said he was not going to go with them and would do what he had to do to keep from going with them. After the man pulled away from deputies several times, one of them deployed a Taser, striking him in the chest and stomach. After falling to the floor, the man cooperated with deputies to be handcuffed and placed in a patrol vehicle. Afterward, deputies talked to a woman who had been in the room where the door was busted. She reportedly said the man had forced his way into her room, pushed her into a trash can and pushed her a second time, causing an injury to one of her knees. Deputies took the man to jail and charged him with malicious injury to property, third-degree assault, public disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

A man reported he was driving on White Pond Road near Elgin on Feb. 10 when another man driving a gold Impala pulled out in front of him near the Tall Pines subdivision. He said the other man slammed on the brakes and then sped forward again, and then reached into the back floor board to retrieve a pistol. The man said the driver pointed the pistol at him with his left while driving down White Pond Road. He then reported the other man put the pistol back in the car and made a left onto Whiting Way.

A woman said she was assaulted by three people while drinking with them at a home on the 1100 block of Hermitage Street in east Camden on Feb. 8. She said she was struck in the head, face, chest and stomach. The woman said she was able to flee the house and get to a nearby gas station where she made contact with two Camden Police Department officers who assisted her in getting in touch with her boyfriend who took her to the hospital.

Just after midnight Feb. 11, deputies arrested a 20-year-old Columbia man on an outstanding warrant for driving under suspension after citing him for simple possession of marijuana, driving under suspension and speeding at 26 mph or more over the speed limit (102 in a 70 mph zone).

Deputies arrested a 27-year-old Elgin man for failing to stop for blue lights and resisting arrest around 5 p.m. Feb. 6 on Greenhill Road at Ivo Circle. The incident report did not contain a narrative providing details.

The KCSO is also investigating an alleged third-degree criminal sexual conduct case listed as having taken place somewhere along U.S. 1 North reported on Feb. 12.

County deputies also dealt with nine cases of breaking and entering into motor vehicles; eight cases of petit larceny; five cases each of simple possession of marijuana and third-degree assault and battery; four cases of public disorderly conduct; three cases of breach of peace; two cases each of failing to stop for blue lights, financial identity fraud, possession of crack cocaine and second-degree domestic violence; and one case each of breach of trust, breaking and entering into a residence, driving under suspension, DUI, financial transaction fraud, fraudulent check, harassment, malicious injury to property, possession of cocaine, shoplifting, third-degree domestic violence, unlawful use of telephone and vandalism (graffiti).


Camden Police Department (CPD) officers arrested James Robert Stevenson Jr., 30, of Brewer Springs Road, Camden on the evening of Feb. 6 for DUI after initially responding to what appeared to be an attempted armed robbery at Advance Auto on West DeKalb Street.

According to an incident report, officers responded about 4 a call of a suspicious person inside the store acting strange. An officer spoke to an employee who said Stevenson was in a vehicle at the stop sign between the driveways for Advance Auto and Rite-Aid. The officer pulled his patrol car behind Stevenson’s vehicle, which began drifting backwards toward the patrol car. The officer backed up and turned on his siren. Stevenson’s car stopped for a moment and then began sliding again. The officer got out and reportedly found Stevenson slumped over to the side with the car in drive and his foot on the brake. The officer reached inside and put the car in park. He was able to wake Stevenson up and get him out of the car.

Back inside the store, the employee said Stevenson came into the store trying to make a return without a receipt. When she told she couldn’t help him, he allegedly became upset and pulled a knife out asking for his money. The employee said she did feel threatened by Stevenson and that he appeared to be debating about assaulting her. She said he paced around the store with the open knife for a short time, then put it away, but grabbed a cart and started running up and down the aisles with it before leaving the store.

The CPD reported the following other recent incidents:

Officers arrested a 23-year-old Camden and a 21-year-old Cassatt man after an officer on routine patrol Feb. 3saw their vehicle cross over the fog line on West DeKalb Street multiple times. After making a traffic stop, the officer reported smelling the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The driver, from Camden, admitted he had some in his pocket. The officer also asked if there were any weapons in the vehicle and noticed the passenger glance down toward his waist. He then admitted he had a gun by the passenger side seat on the floor. Other officers arrived on the scene and detained both men and an additional passenger in the back seat. Officers found the driver in possession of the marijuana and found a .40 caliber Springfield Armory handgun with holster, two magazines and 14 .40 caliber bullets. Officers gave a verbal warning to the driver for crossing the fog line and issued a citation for simple possession of marijuana. Officers arrested the Cassatt man and charged him with unlawful carrying of a pistol.

Officers responding to a call of a man on the roof with a fire extinguisher of the Deluxe Inn on DeKalb Street ended up arresting a man on several charges, including carrying a concealed weapon, on the evening of Feb. 6. The man on the roof reportedly jumped off and ran toward Hampton Park before police arrived. Officers never found a fire extinguisher and it was not clear if the man they arrested was the person who climbed on the roof. A CPD report identified the arrested individual as a 44-year-old Rembert man. Officers found him sitting with another man in Hampton Park and found him to be drunk, in possession of a partially drunk bottle of tequila and in possession of a set of brass knuckles.

Officers arrested a 36-year-old Lugoff man for theft from a building on the evening of Feb. 6 after he allegedly stole two cell phones belonging to other people at Gadgets on East DeKalb Street. The man is also accused of trying to steal a moped from another customer at the bar.

Camden officers also dealt with six cases of shoplifting; five cases of trespassing; three cases of larceny; two cases each of public disorderly conduct, second degree domestic violence and theft from a motor vehicle; and one case each of domestic violence by intimidation, DUI, malicious injury to real property, open container and simple possession of marijuana.


The EPD also reported the following other recent incidents:

Around 12:30 p.m. Feb. 7, an EPD officer arrested a 28-year-old Elgin woman on several charges following a two-vehicle collision at Main and Church streets. According to an EPD report, upon arriving at the scene, the officer observed the woman, who had been driving a tan Ford Taurus and appeared to be upset, taking some bills from a bottle and swallowing them. The officer asked her what she was taking, and she said it was Clonazepam, a Schedule IV narcotic. The woman claimed she only struck the car in front of her because another car hit hers and then fled the scene. However, the officer could not find any physical indication the rear of her car had been struck by another. The officer also reported the woman had her 2-year-old daughter in a car carrier outside the vehicle, but appeared to be more concerned about her car and its contents. Due to these factors, the officer conducted a field sobriety test, which the woman failed. The officer booked her and took her to the Kershaw County Detention Center where she passed a breathalyzer test, but also submitted a urine sample for testing. A search of her car and belongings turned up three prescription bottles for the Clonazepam, Guanfacine and Bultab-Acetamin; a cigarette pack containing trace amounts of marijuana; and a clear plastic zip bag with 27 unmarked circular yellow pills. The woman admitted to smoking marijuana in her vehicle. She allowed another woman to take custody of her child. Officers charged her with simple possession of marijuana, DUI, child endangerment, following too close and no proof of insurance.

EPD officers arrested a 51-year-old Elgin woman on several charges following an argument between two male subjects about one of the men opening a pickup truck door striking the side of the other man’s vehicle. During the argument, which took place around 4 p.m. Feb. 3 on Rose Street, the man who opened the door allegedly made reference to having a gun. The victim said he believes the man and woman were loading the gun inside the pickup. Officers spoke to the other man and released him from the scene. However, one of the officers stopped the woman who tried to walk away from the scene. Officers found her to be in possession of a .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol she tried to partially hide in a black notebook case. Officers also found her in possession of an open bottle of rum and several Schedule II pills for which she did not have a prescription. Officers arrested her, took her to jail and charged her with unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of Schedule II drugs, and issued her a summons for open container.

Someone broke into a house on the 1000 block of Oakland Drive on Feb. 3 and stole a 32-inch flat screen TV from the living room. The victim said someone made entry through the garage door and that she found the front and back doors open when she came home.

Elgin officers also dealt with 12 cases of breaking into and/or theft from a motor vehicle; and one case of missing, lost or stolen workers compensation


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