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Crime Report - April 3, 2018

Posted: April 2, 2018 5:02 p.m.
Updated: April 3, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Elgin Police Department (EPD)

An EPD officer trespassed a group of approximately 15 boys and young men from Blaney Elementary School, and arrested an 18-year-old in the group, after finding them playing basketball after dark on March 2. The officer noted that several of the subjects had been trespassed from the school on previous occasions.

The group was using cell phone for lighting despite posted signs saying the playground area and track are closed at dark. The officer noted the playground has a recent history of strong armed robberies, assaults and larcenies. In addition, they said custodians have asked officers for assistance in getting them safely to their cars each evening due to suspicious subjects on the playground area.

The officer illuminated the court and used their patrol car’s speaker to instruct all the subjects to walk toward the fence line near the car. One juvenile admitted to already being trespassed from the playground. In addition to that juvenile, another juvenile and the 18-year-old stayed behind when the officer told everyone else to leave. The two juveniles turned out to be brothers and waited for their mother to arrive and sign juvenile release forms.

In addition, another subject, initially thought to be a juvenile, but was not, kept approaching the officer despite being told several times to leave the scene. He also kept at least one hand in a pocket after being directed not to and was finally detained and searched. The search only turned up a phone and two cigarette lighters. However, the adult subject was argumentative and it took other officers and county deputies to assist with the situation.

As for the 18-year-old, he was listed in a report forwarded to the sheriff’s office and school district for disciplinary and trespassing action. Deputies secured a backpack, which contained the young man’s personal effects, but also smelled of marijuana. Based on the amount and some cigarillos that were also found, the Elgin officer charged him with marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and trespassing after notice after booking him at the county jail.

The EPD also dealt with the following recent incidents:

The EPD is searching for Christopher Jaroma Doctor, 45, of Heyward Brockington Road, Columbia, after he reportedly sped away from a traffic stop just before midnight March 23. According to an EPD report, an officer was patrolling Main Street when they noticed a silver Buick pass by with no tag light on. The officer made a traffic stop in the Food Lion parking lot and noted the tag number. They approached the car and immediately noticed the strong odor of alcohol coming from in the car. The officer spoke to the driver, later identified as Doctor, who said he did not have his driver’s license and claimed he’d had nothing to drink -- that he couldn’t drink alcohol. The officer asked for his name and date of birth, and Doctor provided both. However, when the officer asked Doctor to stop out of the car, he began to step out, but then shut the door and sped off. The officer pursued Doctor, alerting dispatchers the car had turned onto Church Street and then continued on Sessions Road. The officer pursued with blue lights and siren activated, but lost sight of Doctor’s vehicle just past Wildwood Lane and terminated the pursuit. Online court records show that Kershaw County law enforcement officers cited Doctor for failing to stop for blue lights in May 2010, but that the solicitor’s office dropped the charge in February 2012.

Officers recently arrested the 35-year-old owner of a Rose Street business and charged him with marijuana possession and being a felon in possession of ammunition after a citizen called police to say that a strong odor of marijuana was coming from a green Ford Expedition parked at the shop. Officers spoke to the owner and asked if anyone had been smoking marijuana. The man admitted he had been doing so outside his truck just a few minutes prior to officers’ arrival. He gave consent for an officer to search the truck, who found a used joint in the center console and a magazine with seven .380 caliber rounds in the glove compartment. Officers then asked the man if there were any drugs inside the shop, and the owner said there were not, and gave consent to officers to search the premises. An employee voluntarily gave one of the officers a box containing 10 9mm rounds. Through a criminal history check, officers determined the man was a convicted felon and could not possess firearms or ammunition. He was later released on a $7,500 surety bond, according to online jail records.

Officers responded to a residence on the 1000 block of Emmanuel Street on the evening of March 16 after a neighbor said they saw lights on at the home, whose owner was deceased. Officers checked the property and found the glass on the back door was broken out and the door unlocked; they could also smell burning marijuana from inside. Soon after entering, the officers heard a loud crash and glass breaking from the back bedroom. They found the bedroom door locked, but forced the door open and heard someone running away. The reporting officer found a candle lit on the table with a set of keys, which belonged to a 2013 Nissan van outside owned by a man in Virginia who said his nearly 18-year-old son had possession of the van. Officers also found a bong used to smoke the marijuana and about 1.9 grams of marijuana in a plastic container.

A little before 10 p.m. March 3, an officer responded to Food Lion on Main Street in reference to a 40- to 45-year-old African-American woman allegedly swearing and throwing merchandise at an employee. By the time the officer arrived, the woman and the children with her had left. The woman was reportedly upset that she could not use some coupons and a store card to receive discounts on her purchase. Surveillance footage showed the woman wearing a grey sweater jacket, green and black shirt, black pants and hair that is black near the base and dyed purple toward the ends.

A woman reported that her daughter called her from the Circle K on Main Street on the morning of March 17 to say she felt uncomfortable while pumping gas because an approximately 30-year-old Hispanic male aggressively flirted with her, touching her hand and offering to pump the fuel for her. Her mother later arrived and saw the same man along with the driver of the vehicle he was in, also a Hispanic male in 20s. They were reportedly in a black Ford F-150 with a lift kit, and reportedly left via Ross Street.

The EPD is investigating a report that a 30- to 35-year-old man brandished a handgun at a 16-year-old girl and her 13-year-old brother on White Pond Road on the morning of March 9. The children’s father told police his daughter called him and said the man, described as a white male, drove up in a white Chevy Impala, got out, lifted his shirt and brandished the gun. It was unclear if this happened at the intersection of Fort Jackson Road (S.C. 12) or closer to Food Lion.

On March 22, an Elgin police officer arrested a 20-year-old Elgin man on behalf of the Camden Police Department, which had a warrant for his arrest on a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Online court and jail records do not reflect the arrest.

Someone broke into a Jeep Renegade sometime between 5 and 10 a.m. March 3 while it was parked at Bojangles on Main Street, and stole a purse and wallet.

Someone stole a package containing a new computer from the front porch of a Bowen Street residence on March 3.

Someone stole a 6-1/2 by 16-foot utility trailer from an Abbey Road residence on March 15.

Elgin officers also dealt with recent cases involving ABC violation, burglary, defrauding a taxi, driving under suspension, DUI, hit and run, identity theft, larceny, leaving the scene of an accident, malicious injury to property, marijuana possession, minor in possession of tobacco, missing person, no driver’s license, no proof of insurance, possible prowler, public disorderly conduct, (possibly) suicidal subject, shoplifting, speeding, third-degree domestic violence, trespassing, and vandalism.

Camden Police Department (CPD)

A 16-year-old male Camden High School student is facing disciplinary action after reportedly assaulting an 18-year-old student in the school cafeteria on March 19. According to a CPD report, written by the school’s SRO who reviewed security footage of the incident, the younger boy apparently bumped into the older student’s girlfriend in an aggressive manner. The 18-year-old asked the 16-year-old to apologize to his girlfriend, but the younger student refused, so the older student turned to walk away. At that point, according to the SRO’s review of the footage, the younger student hit the 18-year-old from behind, knocking him to the ground. He then can be seen continuing to hit the older student with a closed fist four times, then pick him up and slam him to the ground. Staff members on lunch duty and other students helped separate the young men, with the offending student taken to the principal’s office and the victim taken to the nurse’s office. The older boy’s mother took him to the doctor and later returned with him saying he did not appear to have a concussion, but had suffered some type of knee injury from being slammed to the ground.

Officers arrested a 50-year-old Camden man around 6:30 p.m. March 19 and charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia and public disorderly conduct after receiving numerous calls saying he was flagging down motorists, thereby causing a traffic hazard. In a separate report, the man also allegedly had been at KershawHealth harassing employees there. Other reports came in from the area of DeKalb and Roberts streets near the hospital, another from the area of Chesnut and Douglas streets not far from Boykin Park. An officer located him nearby, at the driver’s side window of a vehicle being driven by a woman who said he did not know the man. The officer arrested the man for public disorderly conduct and found him in possession of a silver metal pipe with burn marks on end the man admitted to using to smoke illegal drugs.

An unknown driver eluded a CPD officer around 11 p.m. March 9 after they spotted a silver minivan quickly turn on to King Street from Broad Street. The officer confirmed through radar the minivan was traveling at 47 mph in a 30 mph zone. They then saw it quickly turn on to Fair Street and then again on to York Street. The officer tried to initiate a traffic stop at York and Mill streets, but the minivan continued on York Street, accelerated to 77 mph and ran the stop sign in order to turn on to S.C. 34. The officer continued following with blue lights and sirens until told to discontinue after the minivan accelerated to 107 mph.

Managers at Subway on West DeKalb Street are alleging that a former male employee voided sales and pocketed the money for himself to the tune of between $400 and $500. Management discovered the thefts when a district manager went in and made a purchase, but the employee did not ring up the sale. She later went into the system and saw that her transaction had not posted. Managers then pulled up other transactions where the employee had voided out sales and checked video surveillance showing him pocketing the money. The employee had not been arrested at the time the report was filed.

Camden police arrested a 58-year-old Mt. Pleasant man at a home on the 2100 block of Broad Street for third-degree assault and third-degree domestic violence after he allegedly became violent during a verbal argument on March 12. The man allegedly hit his sister in the head with a coffee table and his fists, and pushed his wife, who was found on the ground by officers suffering a lower back injury. Officers found the man hiding in bushes in the back yard, arrested him and took him to jail.

Sometime before 11:30 a.m. March 9, someone broke into the Amtrak station off West DeKalb Street and vandalized it. The lock on the main power breaker had been tampered with and somehow turned on to provide power in order to gain entry. The person who called police said there has been trouble with people having sex in public and defecating at the station.

Sometime between March 1 and 19, someone entered an apartment on Church Street and stole a collection of 2006 gold coins and six Joe Lewis postage stamps. It was unclear at the time of the report how the thief entered the apartment.

Sometime between 11:30 p.m. March 18 and 7 a.m. March 19, someone entered an unlocked pickup truck parked at an Ancrum Road address and stole an iPhone and a 12-gauge shotgun with a 28-inch barrel.

Sometime between 5 p.m. March 18 and 3 p.m. March 20, someone broke into the cab of an 18-wheeler parked at the Stop N Go on North Broad Street and stole a GPS unit and laptop computer.

Camden officers also dealt with recent cases involving counterfeiting, larceny (including lottery tickets), malicious injury to property, marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, public disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, runaway, shoplifting, theft from a building, third-degree domestic violence, teller machine fraud, third-degree assault, and trespassing.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO)

County deputies recently dealt with cases involving driving under suspension, grand larceny of a motor vehicle, habitual traffic offender, larceny, malicious injury to property, motor vehicle break-in, possession of a firearm by a convicted violent felon, possession of a stolen pistol, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, runaway, second-degree burglary, second-degree domestic violence, trespassing, unlawful carrying of a weapon, unlawful use of telephone, and vandalism (including graffiti).

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