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Crime Report - Sept. 1, 2017

CPD seeking men who robbed pizza delivery driver

Posted: August 31, 2017 11:14 a.m.
Updated: September 1, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Camden Police Department (CPD)

Camden police are seeking the whereabouts of three men, in their 20s, who allegedly robbed a Papa John’s pizza delivery driver at gunpoint on the evening of Aug. 21.

According to CPD report, Papa John’s received an order to be delivered to the Chesnut Court Apartments on Douglas Street. When the delivery driver, a 62-year-old Lugoff man, arrived at the apartments, he found a young man standing outside who asked him if he was delivering pizza. The driver said that he was and to the particular apartment number. The young man reportedly told the driver that was the wrong apartment and that the pizzas were to be delivered to the apartment next door.

The driver told officers he then proceeded to that apartment and knocked on the door. He said the door suddenly swung open and he saw two young men. One allegedly had his face covered and the other allegedly pointed a black handgun at him. They allegedly ordered him to hand over the pizza bag and then grabbed it from him and ran to the rear of the apartment.

The suspects reportedly fled through an open door of the apartment, climbed over a fence and got away with the pizza delivery bag and the pizzas inside.

Camden police called the sheriff’s office bloodhound team to assist, but did not find the suspects.

The CPD also reported the other following recent incidents:

Officers arrested a 51-year-old Camden man and his 17-year-old son on the evening of Aug. 19 after they allegedly assaulted a 45-year-old man, also from Camden, at a gas station on West DeKalb Street. According to two CPD incident reports, the fight at the gas station apparently grew out of a confrontation earlier that afternoon at the McDonald’s where the 17-year-old claimed he heard the 45-year-old man begin talking about him. The young man said he told the older man to leave him alone, after which the man allegedly ran over to his table, grabbed his shirt and tried to punch him, but missed. The young man admitted he punched the other man in the face, after which he allegedly tried to choke him. He said he began to choke the man back, at which point an employee intervened and separated them. Officers reported that the young man did have redness on the left side of his neck and around the area of his left collarbone. The young man’s father said there is an ongoing dispute between the 45-year-old and their family -- which has custody of two of the other man’s children -- involving child support. That evening, one of the young man’s brothers called and said he saw the 45-year-old at the BP at West DeKalb and Wylie streets. The young man and his father reportedly went to the gas station and confronted the other man. When officers arrived on the scene, the 51-year-old man claimed that the other man must have fallen, but an officer reported seeing the victim on the ground with the older man on top of him, holding him down. The father also reportedly asked why the alleged victim wasn’t in handcuffs for the earlier alleged assault at McDonald’s. The victim claimed that both brothers and their father assaulted him, alleging that they punched him and that someone kicked him in the face when he fell on the ground. Officers arrested the 51-year-old man and his son and took them to jail, charging them each with third-degree assault. There is no indication officers arrested the victim for the alleged previous assault.

During the early morning hours of Aug. 20, officers arrested a 36-year-old Camden woman for second-degree domestic violence after she allegedly stabbed her boyfriend with a kitchen knife. Officers responded to the corner of Church and Gate streets and found the man who was bleeding from a severe laceration to the forearm. The man told officers the family had been having a cookout and he and other family members got into a verbal argument with his girlfriend. He said she left for an hour, but when she came back, grabbed a small kitchen knife and stabbed him. Kershaw County EMS arrived on the scene and took the man to the hospital, while officers proceeded up Church Street to the residence. There, they found the woman who claimed her boyfriend had been stabbed at a bar. She agreed, however, to officers looking inside the house. Inside, they found a trail of blood leading from the kitchen out the front door. Officers also learned the sheriff’s office had seven warrants for the woman’s arrest. Officers then arrested her and took her to jail. Jail records show law enforcement served her one warrant each for second-degree domestic violence and criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, and seven bench warrants.

Camden officers arrested a 34-year-old Camden man for a second offense of DUI after an officer noticed the man driving a black pickup truck south on Broad Street who failed to keep his lane of travel a little after 2 a.m. Aug. 19. The officer also saw the driver cross the double-yellow center line. The officer began initiating a traffic stop at Broad and Chesnut streets and followed the driver onto Chesnut Street where he later stopped. The man reportedly admitted to drinking tequila and rum at two different restaurants or bars. After completing a records check, officers had the man step out and go through field sobriety tests, which he failed, leading them to arrest him and transport him to jail. There, a breathalyzer test resulted in a blood alcohol reading of .22, which is 2.75 times above the legal limit. Officers also charged the subject with a third offense of not having a driver’s license.

A 31-year-old Elgin woman kept herself from being arrested after she returned some money she stole from a West DeKalb Street bank’s drive-through lane on Aug. 18. According to a CPD report, a teller reported that she mistakenly sent a tube with $400 cash in it to the wrong lane and asked the woman parked there to return it. The woman did, but kept $250 for herself. The bank called police who, when they arrived on the scene, saw the woman get out of her vehicle with money tucked into her waistband. The bank said they would not press charges if the woman returned the money, which she did.

Someone stole a prescription bottle of Adderall from a car parked at a Brook Drive residence sometime between 6 p.m. Aug. 20 and noon the next day. The thief apparently gained entry to the car by using spare keys left inside another unsecured vehicle at the same location.

Someone stole a blue 2017 Taotao moped from behind LaFiesta on Aug. 18. The moped belongs to the business and can be used by its employees. It also has a luggage compartment, which contained a pair of olive green Nike shoes.

Sometime between 4 p.m. Aug. 22 and 7 a.m. Aug. 23, someone stole a pair of speakers from the rear cargo area of a vehicle and a catalytic converter from a small bus at JP Automotive on West DeKalb Street.

Camden police assault also dealt with incidents involving beer/wine violations, debit/credit card fraud, DUI, driving under suspension, forgery, harassment, larceny, no driver’s license, possession of methamphetamine, shoplifting, theft from a building, third-degree assault, third-degree domestic violence, vandalism and wire fraud.

Elgin Police Department (EPD)

The EPD is looking for a couple it says illegally dumped trash into a commercial bin at Dollar General on Sunday afternoon instead of at a solid waste center.

According to a report, an assistant manager at the store recorded the couple on their mobile phone. An officer reviewed the video showing a man driving up in a red Cadillac. A woman is seen getting out of the car, opening the trunk, removing the trash and depositing it into Dollar General’s dumpster.

The officer found two check books, a bank statement and mail from the Department of Social Services, indicating the couple, possibly in their 30s, are from an address near the town of Kershaw in the county. In addition, the officer found household trash for a man living in the Elgin area.

Elgin police also dealt with incident involving damage to a building from a vehicle accident, a disturbance, drug paraphernalia, hit and run, loitering, simple assault and vandalism.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO)

County deputies recently responded to incidents involving breach of peace, driving under suspension, failure to stop for blue light, first-degree assault battery, no proof of insurance, petit larceny, pointing and presenting firearms at a person, public disorderly conduct, purchase/possession of beer or wine by person under 21, reckless driving, second-degree domestic violence, shoplifting, third-degree assault and battery, trespassing, unlawful conduct towards a child and violation of a court order of protection.

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