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KCSO arrests one, seeks another for attempted murder

Posted: February 22, 2018 4:34 p.m.
Updated: February 23, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Quenterio Jamal Wilson

 

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) investigators arrested one man on Feb. 15 for attempted murder and are seeking a second suspect in the case.

According to a KCSO press release issued Tuesday, investigators arrested Quenterio Jamal Wilson, 23, of Dixon Road, Elgin. He is charged with attempted murder for allegedly “brutally” beating another man living on Dixon Road in Elgin. Investigators are also seeking Jake Santonio McCray, 26, of Wateree Boulevard, Camden, and are holding an arrest warrant charging him with attempted murder as well.

According to KCSO Chief Deputy Jack Rushing, dispatchers sent deputies to Dixon Road around 10:30 p.m. Feb. 14 following a report of a shooting. Prior to investigators’ arrival, the victim had already been transported to Palmetto Health Richland due to the seriousness of his injuries. The victim was initially reported to have been shot in addition to having been severely beaten with a piece of firewood. Only after Palmetto Health Richland trauma physicians thoroughly examined the victim did they determine he had not been shot. According to witnesses, however, the suspects had shot at the victim.

Investigators interviewed numerous witnesses and obtained considerable physical evidence. One of the witnesses to the beating was also a victim, having allegedly been pistol whipped by McCray. The primary victim of the beating suffered massive facial injuries and remains in the intensive care unit at Palmetto Health Richland.

Wilson turned himself in to investigators at KCSO headquarters on Feb 15. Investigators learned Wilson was already out on a bond for an assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature relative to an incident that occurred in February 2017 in which Wilson reportedly shot another man.

Almost exactly a year ago, on Feb. 12, 2017, deputies responded to a report of a shooting on Dixon Road where a large crowd of people had gathered following a funeral service for a woman who had died in an automobile accident several days earlier in Camden. Witnesses identified Wilson as the suspect who shot another man at the gathering, injuring the victim between the shoulder and neck. According to court records, deputies arrested Wilson two days later and charged him with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. A judge set a 10 percent $75,000 surety bond, which was paid by a bonding company a month later.

Wilson is currently being detained, with bond denied, at the Kershaw County Detention Center.

“The severity of this beating was horrific as the victim’s face (has) to be reconstructed,” Rushing said in the press release. “Wilson and McCray are very violent offenders and need to be in prison and off our streets.”

Anyone with information as to McCray’s whereabouts should contact KCSO Inv. David Miller at (803) 425-1512.

According to the KCSO, Wilson has been previously arrested for attempted armed robbery, unlawful carrying of a weapon (multiple arrests), criminal conspiracy, burglary, breaking into an auto, open container, possession of marijuana, giving false information, driving without a license and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

McCray has previously been arrested for armed robbery with a deadly weapon, attempted armed robbery, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and is a registered sex offender.

In Oct. 2011, McCray was one of three men who pleaded guilty to two counts each of attempted armed robbery with a deadly weapon and kidnapping in conjunction with a Dec. 2010 case. McCray, who was 19 at the time, along with Christopher Antoine Langston, 24, and Dashawn Rondell Robinson, 19, admitted to attempting to rob, at gunpoint, an 82-year-old man and his 79-year-old wife in Antioch Baptist Church’s cemetery.

McCray and Langston both claimed Robinson was the one who actually got out of the car they were in and confronted the couple. Whichever of the suspects it was, he masked himself with a cloth around his head. And they were surprised. The 82-year-old man pulled out his own .22 caliber revolver to defend himself, and a short gun battle ensued. No one was hit, and the suspects left when the attacker ran out of bullets.

A judge sentenced McCray in that case to seven years in prison with credit for time served.

 

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