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Crime Report - Aug. 4, 2017

CPD searching for man who fled after car chase

Posted: August 3, 2017 4:51 p.m.
Updated: August 4, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Camden Police Department (CPD)

Camden police plan to charge a 28-year-old Cassatt man with failing to stop for blue lights and driving under suspension (third offense) after he fled on foot following a short car chase around 11:30 p.m. July 30.

According to a CPD report, an officer noticed the man’s 1997 Mazda 626 with defective tail light traveling west on DeKalb Street. When he went to make a traffic stop with blue lights on, the driver made a left turn on Chestnut Ferry Road and then a quick right onto Wateree Boulevard. The officer then turned on his siren. The driver then made a left onto Ballfield Road and came to an abrupt stop where he got out and ran into a nearby wooded area. The officer saw three passengers in the car and ordered them at gunpoint to show their hands.

After determining they were not a threat, the officer holstered his gun as other officers arrived. The passengers, two of whom were juveniles, said they were just being given a ride by the driver. Officers found the man’s license on the driver’s side floorboard and, with assistance from count deputies, began a search for him. However, he was not located at the time.

Camden police reported the following other recent incidents:

After being flagged down by a woman on Lyttleton Street, an officer responded to the Circle K on East DeKalb Street in reference to a possible fight around 10:20 p.m. July 29. When the officer arrived, a 30-year-old Columbia man said he had been at the Deluxe Inn with his father and got “jumped” by four men between the ages of 20 and 30, who then took a knife and $375 in cash. The man said he left and went to the Circle K where the men showed up in a green Honda trying to fight him. A clerk at the store said they did not see anything. The victim asked to be taken as far as Walmart and that he would walk from there to an inn in Lugoff. Afterward, officers went to the Deluxe Inn and found a green Honda parked in front of one of the hotel rooms where they found two men. One of the men claimed he had heard a fight outside, but didn’t know anything. The other man said he didn’t hear or know anything and had been at elsewhere at the time.

The CPD may charge a 45-year-old man arrested by sheriff’s deputies on July 18 with allegedly violating a protective order on July 28. Back on July 18, deputies charged the Camden man with meth distribution, simple possession of marijuana and driving under suspension. He posted a $6,900 cash/surety bond later that day. On July 28, the man allegedly approached his 37-year-old ex-wife, who had already gained an order of protection, dropped his phone in her car and told her to look through it. She said he then began to use foul language and drove off. On July 29, the man allegedly pulled up beside his ex-wife on West DeKalb Street and motioned for her to pull over. She refused until pulling in to the Rite Aid where he asked for his phone back. She said she would only do so at CPD headquarters down the block. He refused and, when he began walking toward her, she called police. He left before they arrived.

The owner of a Goodale Avenue glass business recently managed to capture what he believes are three men entering a storage container for his products on the lot without permission. The container was latched, but not kept locked, and there were no signs of forcible entry. Nothing appeared to be taken. Officers arrested one of the suspects, a 46-year-old Camden man the day after the report was made after they found him walking in front of a West DeKalb Street office. Officers, knowing he had six outstanding warrants, placed him under arrest. They charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia after finding a small glass pipe with a metal mesh on one end. They also trespassed him from the glass business. Officers trespassed another suspect that day, a 52-year-old Camden man.

A 22-year-old Lugoff woman is accused with running over her child’s father at his Camden home on July 26. A CPD officer reported the man did have bruises on his knee and a swollen ankle. The man said other people witnessed her strike him with her orange Toyota Matrix and that the Matrix would have severe damage to the front windshield. He also claimed she had filed a false report with the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office about how the car was damaged.

Camden officers also dealt with incidents involving burglary, counterfeiting, DUI, driving under suspension, financial transaction card fraud, harassment, forgery, larceny, liquor law violation, no driver’s license, no proof of insurance, public disorderly conduct, shoplifting, simple possession of marijuana, theft from a motor vehicle, theft of motor vehicle parts or accessories and vandalism.

Elgin Police Department (EPD)

Sometime between July 22 and 30, someone stole at least $2,500 in jewelry and a collection of quarters from a home on Abbey Road. The victim said she had placed a lock on her bedroom door during the last two years. The reporting Elgin police officer noted finding tool marks around the door lock, but not on any exterior doors. She also turned over a baggie of what appeared to be methamphetamine she had found in her couch cushions the day before.

Elgin police also dealt with incidents involving driving under suspension, harassment, littering, malicious injury to property, no driver’s license, open container, overdose, shoplifting, simple possession of marijuana, 

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO)

The KCSO did not provide incident reports this week.

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