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Crime Report - June 16, 2017

Man assaults, threatens officers, staff at hospital

Posted: June 15, 2017 5:49 p.m.
Updated: June 16, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Camden Police Department (CPD)

Twice during the night of June 8 into the early morning hours of June 9, Camden officers responded to a KershawHealth emergency room to deal with a patient who allegedly assaulted a hospital employee and jumped over the nurses’ counter.

According to two CPD incident reports, an officer arrived the first time just before 8 p.m. June 8 to find several emergency staff members holding the man on the ground. The officer and the employees managed to get the man handcuffed and moved to a bed despite him allegedly resisting and shouting obscenities. A security guard said the man punched him in the mid-section when he tried to subdue the patient after the man had leaped over the nurses’ counter.

Officers responded again to the ER several hours later, around 12:15 a.m. July 9. Staff told the officers the man had tried to rock the bed hard enough to flip it over. As the officers and staff tried to control the subject, he allegedly spat on them, and threatened to “kill everyone in the room.” An officer asked the man if that meant him as well, and the man said he would “bring death to everyone in the room.”

After getting him under control, officers transported the man to the Kershaw County Detention Center where they charged him with three-degree assault, public disorderly conduct and threatening the life of a public official.

The CPD reported the following other recent incidents:

Officers charged a 33-year-old Lancaster woman with possession of drug paraphernalia after apprehending her for shoplifting from Walmart on Sunday. Another young woman, also from Lancaster, who reportedly drove off from the scene, may be charged with assault in connection with the case. According to a CPD report, the arrested woman had tried to flee on foot but was apprehended by a patrolman. Meanwhile, a Kershaw County deputy tried to stop the women from fleeing in a gold-colored Nissan Altima by trying to remove the keys from the ignition. However, the driver allegedly bit him on the arm and punched him in the head. He also reportedly cut his finger on his left hand. The arrested woman was found to be in possession of a DVD player and health and beauty products taken from Walmart. Officers also found her possession of three hypodermic needles, two plastic blue caps, a clear plastic baggie and some paper with a white substance, which tested positive for methamphetamine.

A 63-year-old Camden man said he was attacked and robbed by two to three people and robbed of $60 and his cell phone around 1:45 a.m. June 9 at or near the intersection of King and Gordon streets. An officer met with the victim in a KershawHealth emergency room where he was reportedly being treated for a broken jaw, broken orbital cavity and blood coming from an ear. The man was later transported to Richland County due to head injuries.

Camden officers also dealt with cases involving communicating threats, DUI, forgery, no driver’s license, open container, possession of drug paraphernalia, public disorderly conduct, shoplifting, trespassing, 

Kershaw County Sheriffs’ Office (KCSO)

County deputies arrested a 40-year-old Columbia man for pointing and presenting a firearm during an incident on the evening of June 10 at Shiv Mart No. 2 on U.S. 1 South in Lugoff.

According to an incident report, deputies arriving on the scene around 6:45 p.m. were flagged down by two subjects on the side of the building who said a man had presented a firearm and left the scene. One of the men said the subject was someone with whom he’d had problems with during the last two years. The men said as they were getting into their vehicle to leave, the subject drove up, had words with one of them and then presented the gun before speeding off. They described the man’s vehicle as a green Dodge Charger and that he may have done to work at a plant in Lugoff.

Another deputy located the man at his job and had him come outside to speak with deputies. He reportedly gave several different stories about what happened, but admitted to retrieving his handgun from the center console and placing it in his lap where the victims could see it.

With the subject’s permission, deputies searched his car and found the all-black Glock .40 caliber handgun. At that point, deputies arrested and held him at the county jail pending a warrant for pointing and presenting. According to online court records, the warrant was served Monday. Those records indicate bond was set at $5,000, which was posted on Monday.

County deputies also dealt with cases involving breach of peace, credit/debit card fraud, larceny, public disorderly conduct, third-degree domestic violence and trespassing.

Elgin Police Department (EPD)

An Elgin officer issued tickets to a 25-year-old man not only for driving under suspension, but for providing false information, after he gave two different names during a traffic stop on Main Street near the library for not having a working tag light. The man could not come up with registration, insurance or a driver’s license. It turned out he was wanted out of Goose Creek for shoplifting and second-degree forcible entry in Richland County. Richland County deputies came to the scene and arrested the man.

Elgin officers also dealt with cases involving breach of peace, driving under suspension, family disturbance, hit and run larceny, third-degree 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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