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Parker pleas to federal carjacking charge

State level charges against other suspects dropped

Posted: April 26, 2018 4:58 p.m.
Updated: April 27, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Davernier Capon Parker

One of four people charged in an April 2017 carjacking in Lugoff pleaded guilty recently to a federal charge and will spend the next seven years in a penitentiary.

According to Asst. South Carolina U.S. Attorney Will Lewis, Davernier Capon Parker, 20, of Shorecrest Drive, Columbia, recently pleaded guilty to a single federal charge of use of a firearm in furtherance of a carjacking. Lewis said a federal judge sentenced Parker to seven years in a federal penitentiary and will be under five years of supervised release once he completes his sentence.

Lewis said federal charges were not made against a then 16-year-old girl with Parker at the time of the carjacking.

According to online Kershaw County Clerk of Court records, state level charges against the girl and two other suspects -- Dwight Xavier Bryant, 22, of Todd Branch Drive, Columbia and Freddie Bryant, 20, of Shorecrest Drive, Columbia -- were dismissed April 16, a year and three days after the carjacking took place. Lewis said he could not speak to the Bryant cases since they were never charged at the federal level.

State level charges against Parker were also dismissed in favor of pleading to the federal charge.

The carjacking took place early in the morning of April 13, 2017. Later that day, deputies arrested Parker and the 16-year-old girl. Deputies charged Parker with carjacking and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. The KCSO charged the girl as an adult, but did not reveal her identity.

About a month later, deputies caught up to Dwight and Freddie Bryant and charged them with carjacking as well. It is not known if the two men are related.

Kershaw County dispatchers received a call claiming a man had been carjacked at gunpoint in the parking lot in front of Harbor Freight. Deputies met with the victim, who provided them a description of four suspects, the suspects’ vehicle, the firearm they used and his own vehicle, which they had stolen.

Later that morning, investigators learned the carjacked vehicle had been located at what turned out to be Parker’s residence in Columbia. They contacted Richland County investigators and told them where the carjacked vehicle had been seen. Richland County deputies located the car at Parker’s residence.

While waiting on a search warrant, Richland County investigators watched as Parker drove away in the stolen car. They followed him as he drove to a Walmart on Garners Ferry Road where he worked.

Meanwhile, deputies from Richland and Kershaw counties executed a search warrant at Parker’s residence, which resulted in the seizure of the 9mm handgun allegedly used in the carjacking along with the victim’s cell phone. Deputies recovered the car at the Garner’s Ferry Walmart, and Richland County deputies took Parker into custody after a short foot chase as he was walking toward his residence.

The KCSO never reported how it located Dwight and Freddie Bryant.

While Dwight Bryant has no other charges against him pending in this case, he is still facing two shoplifting charges, one for items valued at more than $10,000 and another for items valued between $2,000 and $10,000 in connection with an arrest on Nov. 17, 2017, by the Camden Police Department, according to online court records.

Other cases

• Thomas Edward Carraway III, 24, of Zachary Road, Sumter, pleaded guilty April 11 to charges connected to his June 10, 2017, arrest following the pursuit of two motorcyclists on I-20, during which speeds exceeded 150 mph. Deputies charged Carraway with speeding in excess of 25 mph over the speed limit, reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle in violation of restrictions, possession of marijuana, no proof of insurance, a third offense of driving under suspension, failure to stop for blue lights and being a habitual offender.

On April 11, Carraway pleaded guilty to the reckless driving, marijuana possession, failure to stop and habitual offender charges. A judge sentenced him to two years in prison, credited with time served and the balance suspended with two years probation. He must undergo substance abuse counseling and random drug alcohol testing, and his driver’s license was suspended.

The speeding, operating a motor vehicle in violation of restrictions, no proof of insurance and driving under suspensions charges against Carraway were dropped.

According to a KCSO press release at the time, Carraway and another man, identified as Marco Lorenzo Johnson, of Dalzell, were involved in the pursuit that began shortly after 2:30 a.m. June 10, 2017. A traffic enforcement deputy clocked the two motorcycles traveling at 115 mph eastbound near Elgin. The deputy pulled out only to have the two men flee at a very high rate of speed. A short time later, Johnson wrecked his bike as he attempted to exit I-20 at U.S. 601. A deputy continued chasing Carraway, whose speed exceeded 150 mph. However, he eventually stopped near Exit 101, allowing the deputy to arrest him without incident.

No Kershaw County online court records exist under Johnson’s name.

• Richard Daniel Altman, 55, of Rabon Circle, Lugoff, pleaded guilty to larceny with enhancement and receiving stolen goods of $10,000 or more in value on April 12. Altman’s charges stem from his arrest on Sept. 1, 2016, by the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office. A judge sentenced Altman to 10 years in prison, reduced to six years of active service, suspended with five years of probation and credited with 443 days. The judge also ordered him to pay $8,915 in restitution and to under substance abuse counseling and random drug testing.

Several other charges against Altman, including criminal conspiracy, a second charge of receiving stolen goods more than $10,000 in value, and a third such charge with an enhancement were dropped.

Altman has been in court before. In May 2013, deputies arrested Altman, identifying him as a “career criminal,” on multiple counts of possession of or receiving stolen goods more than $10,000 in value. Deputies arrested two other men for a series of lawnmower and yard equipment thefts. Deputies identified Altman and his co-defendants early in the investigation and set up a “sting” operation designed to purchase some of the stolen items from the trio. The three men delivered two riding lawnmowers stolen from Anderson County to a purchaser cooperating with the sheriff’s office. Deputies arrested Altman and one of the other men when they came to pick up their money.

• Nicholas Xavier Hull-Martinez, 21, of Lakeshore Drive, Camden, pleaded guilty April 11 to breaking into a motor vehicle. A judge sentenced Martinez to nine months in jail, credited with 158 days served. Other charges -- carrying or displaying firearms in public buildings or adjacent areas, and possession or making implements (tools) capable of being used in a crime -- were dismissed.

According to a KCSO press release at the time, the owner of the car caught Hull-Martinez breaking into it on a Saturday afternoon in November and held him at gunpoint until deputies could arrive on the scene. The homeowner had spotted Hull-Martinez walking away from one of their vehicles with two duffle bags and a rifle that belonged to the victim. The owner challenged Hull-Martinez, who fled on foot and attempted to jump over a fence at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School, but got hung up on the fence. That’s when the homeowner caught up to him, produced a pistol and held him at gunpoint until deputies arrived.

• Tavarus Kenyada Barksdsale, 24, of Longcreek Drive, Columbia, pleaded guilty on April 13 to unlawful carrying of a pistol, and the manufacture or possession of a Schedule I, II or III drug with the intent to distribute. A judge sentenced Barksdale to one year and credited with the time he’s served since his arrest on May 12, 2017. The KCSO never issued a press release in conjunction with Barksdale’s arrest.

• Robert Elleby, 47, of Church Street, Camden, pleaded guilty on April 9 to four of six counts of third-degree burglary. The Camden Police Department arrested him on July 27, 2017. A judge sentenced him to time served after crediting him with 257 days.

Charges dropped

A Cassatt woman no longer faces two charges of unlawful neglect of a child. Online court records indicate the charges against Mariah Kierra Walker, 24, of Cassatt, were dropped as of April 12. Camden officers arrested her on Aug. 15, 2016, after she admitted to leaving her two children -- the older of whom was 2 years old at the time -- while she briefly entered Walmart. The 2-year-old girl was found outside the car, having managed to get out of her car seat, open the door and exit the car. A witness saw her and called police.

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