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Crime Report - May 12, 2017

Man arrested twice for attacking girlfriend, sister

Posted: May 11, 2017 3:09 p.m.
Updated: May 12, 2017 1:00 a.m.

The Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested a man twice in two days in connection with a number of incidents which took place April 29 and 30.

According to several CPD reports, the 51-year-old Camden man allegedly struck his 46-year-old girlfriend in the back with a small box on April 29 around 4 p.m. after she told him to pack and leave the Mona Lisa motel because he was not helping pay for the room. She alleged that after striking her, he pushed her down and then told her he would kill her.

Around 9 p.m. that day, after apparently having been trespassed from the motel, an officer spotted the man walking through the property. At first the man complied with the officer’s orders to stop and turn around to be arrested, but then tried to flee. The officer chased and tackled the man, who struggled briefly until another officer arrived to assist with the arrest. Officers transported him to the county jail where they charged him with trespassing and resisting arrest.

The following day, April 30, officers responded to the Mona Lisa in reference to the same man -- who apparently was released from jail after having been arrested the night before -- returning to the motel around 2 a.m. banging on his girlfriend’s door, break the window to her room and again threaten to kill her.

Around the same time, the man’s sister contacted police from a nearby restaurant and said her brother was attempting to assault her with a stick. Dispatchers advised the man was running toward a nearby gas station. Officers located him there and found the approximately 2-feet-long stick nearby. Based on a statement given by his sister, officers arrested him and took him back to jail.

According to online Kershaw County Detention Center records, the CPD charged the man with two counts third degree assault and battery, and one count each of malicious injury to real property and entry on another’s lands after notice (trespassing). A magistrate judge set a total cash/surety bond of $7,704.

The CPD reported the other following recent incidents:

Deputies arrested an east Camden man and charged with unlawful neglect of a child after a 4-year-old girl came into Young’s gas station on Jefferson Davis Highway alone around 10:30 a.m. Monday. According to a KCSO report, the girl ran into the store wearing only her pajamas and no shoes and said she was hungry. A clerk gave her a bag of Doritos and some chocolate milk. Deputies arriving on the scene said the girl told them she got hungry and walked down to the store because there was no food at her house. A short time later, the man -- her mother’s boyfriend who was serving as the girl’s babysitter -- said he let the girl play outside by herself while he finished a project in the kitchen. He said when he made it back outside, the girl was gone, so he searched the house and, when he didn’t find her, began driving around the neighborhood. He eventually made it to the store and saw patrol cars there. The girl’s mother, who had been working in Camden, arrived on the scene a short time later and said she had left for work leaving her boyfriend, with whom she lives, in charge of the girl. It was at this point that deputies arrested the man. DSS followed the girl and her mother back to their house where a safety plan was set up.

Officers arrested a 29-year-old Camden man for second degree domestic violence and simple possession of marijuana on April 29 following an incident at the Deluxe Inn on East DeKalb Street. According to a CPD report, officers responded to the inn for an assault in progress. When they arrived, they located the man walking from one of the inn’s buildings and took him into custody without incident. They also found a small plastic baggie of marijuana on his person. Officers reported that when they spoke to the 41-year-old victim, her shirt was torn and there were blood stains on it. They also said she was holding her right side in pain. She reportedly told them the man assaulted her outside near the inn’s office, punching her in the face and kicking her in the ribs once she was on the ground. She also said the man grabbed her phone and threw it away from her. She said she and the suspect used to be in a relationship.

Camden police are seeking the whereabouts of a 31-year-old Camden man who fled on foot from a traffic stop around 2 p.m. May 3. An officer stopped a blue Ford Crown Victoria for improper stopping and standing at the intersection of Chestnut and Campbell streets. The man pulled into a Campbell Street residence and, once the officer approached became very argumentative, along with a female passenger. When the officer went back to his patrol car to conduct a license check, the man jumped out of the car and began heading for the residence’s front door. He claimed he was going to get his driver’s license, despite orders to stop. Other officers arrived on the scene while dispatchers confirmed the man was wanted by the county deputies. Officers checked the residence, but the man had left the scene.

Around 8:30 a.m. April 29, officers arrested a 33-year-old Lugoff woman for driving under suspension and a weapons law violation. According to a CPD report, an officer on routine patrol spotted the woman’s white Pontiac Grand Prix traveling east on Laurens Street and -- recognizing it from a previous incident -- knew the tag was suspended. Following a traffic stop at Campbell and Laurens streets, officers learned from dispatchers that the woman’s driver’s license was suspended. After placing her under arrest, the officers conducted an inventory of the vehicle prior to it being towed and located a set of brass knuckles in the woman’s purse inside the car.

The manager of an East DeKalb Street laundromat said an unidentified man was in the laundromat pretending to do laundry on noon May 2. She alleged the man was actually covering himself with only a newspaper as he played with himself while looking at elderly people. This activity may have been captured on video.

A 65-year-old Camden woman claims another woman deliberately struck her arm with the side view mirror of her car while the driver was parallel parking at Camden Elementary School on May 2. The driver allegedly raised her voice saying the victim “was in the road and would be hit by another vehicle.”

Camden police also dealt with eight cases of shoplifting; six cases each of larceny and trespassing; three case of public disorderly conduct; two cases each of malicious injury to property, open container, simple possession of marijuana, third degree assault and vandalism; and one case each of beer/wine violations, burglary, communicating threats, defrauding an innkeeper, DUI (second offense), driving under suspension, failure to return rental property, no vehicle license, second degree domestic violence, simple assault, theft from a building and one animal call.

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A Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputy arrested a Camden man Friday night on charges of second degree assault and battery.

According to a KCSO incident report, deputies responded to the 800 block of Seegars Mill Road and met with a man who said the man next door assaulted him with a baseball bat in the arm and leg. The deputy reported the man had a visible injury to his arm. The victim pointed to the house in question where four to six people were standing on the front porch.

The victim provided a written statement, with assistance from another person at the scene.

The deputy went to that residence, called out for the suspect, who came forward and allowed himself to be patted down. The suspect claimed the victim broke into his house at a previous time and went to confront him about it Friday night. He also claimed the victim lunged and began swinging at him, so he defended himself. He also denied any kind of weapon was involved, and also admitted the victim’s swings never touched him.

The deputy also spoke to one of the suspect’s friends, who also claimed the victim was the aggressor and that no weapon was involved. However, both he and the suspect declined to provide written statements. At that point, the deputy arrested the suspect, transported him to the county jail and charged him with second degree assault and battery.

The KCSO also recently dealt with six cases of third degree domestic violence; five cases of breach of peace; three cases each of petit larceny and vandalism; two cases each of driving under suspension, no driver’s license and public disorderly conduct; and one case each of breach of trust, child passenger restraint violation, giving false information to police, malicious injury to property, no proof of insurance, possession of more than one driver’s license, receiving stolen goods under $2,000, second degree harassment, shoplifting, simple possession of marijuana, third degree assault and battery, third degree burglary, unlawful use of 911, unlawful use of telephone and use of license plates for another vehicle.

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The Elgin Police Department assisted Richland County in locating a missing vulnerable adult and dealt with two cases of trespassing; and one case each of counterfeiting/forgery, hit and run, larceny, public disorderly conduct, simple assault and vandalism.

(Incident reports are provided by the Camden and Elgin police departments 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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