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Crime Report - May 1, 2018

CPD arrests Lugoff man on meth manufacturing charge

Posted: April 30, 2018 4:37 p.m.
Updated: May 1, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Camden Police Department (CPD)

Camden police officers arrested Mark Anthony Davis, 50, of Lakeview Circle, Lugoff, for manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia after an officer received a call around 10:40 p.m. April 2 about a suspicious man in a red truck backed up to the new Camden Elementary School construction entrance on Lyttleton Street.

The caller, who wished to remain anonymous, said the man had been walking around the vehicle and the construction site for extended periods of time. Upon arrival, the officer located Davis walking around his red GMC truck. Davis claimed he is employed by the construction company and that the reason he was there so long after other workers had left was that he was picking up trash.

The officer reported that Davis appeared to be under the influence of narcotics. They ran Davis’ information through dispatchers and learned Davis had an active warrant with the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office for failure to pay child support. At this point, the officer placed Davis into investigative detention and frisked him. While doing so, Davis admitted to having a knife in his right pocket. The officer reported reaching in to the pocket and locating not only the knife, but a glass pipe of a type commonly used to smoke narcotics.

After placing Davis into a patrol car, officers conducted a search of his truck and found a scouring pad and a plastic tube in the driver’s side door; and a bottle of cleaner in the truck bed and, next to it, a white ziptie container with electrical tape wrapped around the top. The container had a liquid inside that was causing some type of reaction because some of the plastic had begun to melt. With a third unit arriving on the scene, officers believed Davis had some sort of mobile meth lab and called for the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) narcotics unit for assistance, as well as notifying the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division and the Camden Fire Department.

County narcotics officers arrived a short time later and determined the container did contain active ingredients used to make meth. The KCSO agreed to follow up on that portion of the investigation.

The CPD also reported the following other recent incidents:

CPD officers charged a 25-year-old Williamsburg County man with resisting arrest after initially responding to a call about someone trying to sell illegal drugs in the parking lot of the East DeKalb Street Dollar General on the evening of April 4. After not being able to find the man at Dollar General, officers learned the man had moved up the street to the area near Burger King. The person calling dispatchers, who wished to remain anonymous, said the man had approached them while they were walking near Dollar General and asked them if they wanted to buy some “hard,” a reference to crack cocaine. They described the man as a shorter African-American man wearing grey sweat pants. While speaking with the complainants, an officer looked over toward Hampton Park and spotted a man fitting that description. When confronted, the man claimed he had nothing on him that should concern officers and “began acting very nervous and began to look around as if trying to find a possible route of escape.” At that point, one of the officers tried to place him in handcuffs, but the man attempted to run. However, the officer had grabbed the man’s shirt and arm, keeping him from doing so and, with help from the other officer, placed him on the ground. He initially tried to keep officers from getting his hands, but they managed to handcuff him. They found a clear plastic baggie containing broken pieces of what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette and a few small pieces of what appeared to marijuana. In addition to resisting arrest, officers charged the man with possession of drug paraphernalia.

A 63-year-old Camden man is facing charges of assaulting a police officer while resisting arrest, possession of crystal meth, DUI and malicious injury to personal property after being stopped for a traffic violation around 1:15 a.m. April 15. According to a CPD report, an officer was traveling west on DeKalb Street near Campbell Street when he noticed a vehicle heading south on Campbell in the northbound lane. The officer followed the vehicle, which returned to the southbound lane as the officer got closer, but then the driver failed to signal when turning left onto Meeting Street near Quaker Cemetery. The vehicle then turned north on Church Street, but despite the officer using lights and sirens, and having plenty of lighted places at which to stop, the driver did not stop until reaching the Trinity Apartments. There, the man got out of the car while holding a red cup filled with liquid. The officer told the man to get back in his car; instead, he looked around and then took off on foot through the apartment complex. The officer caught up to and tackled the man, who tried to get away by pushing the officer away, grabbing the officer around the neck in an effort to pull him to the side, and scratching the officer on his hand and arm. Finally, the officer was able to gain control of the man as other officers reached the scene and assisted in handcuffing him. Officers recovered the cup of alcoholic beverage, a 16-ounce can of light beer, and a plastic baggie with what later turned out to be crystal meth.

City officers arrested a 22-year-old Rembert man after responding to a noise complaint at Trinity Apartments on Church Street around 11:30 p.m. April 6. According to a CPD report, an officer arriving on the scene found a large number of people there, three of whom walked away and entered the apartment from which the noise was allegedly coming. After telling those in the apartment to turn the music down, the officer went back to the vehicle where the three men had originally been standing. In plain view, the officer saw a black SKS rifle with a banana-style clip magazine in the vehicle. The officer then went back to the apartment and asked who owned the vehicle. Initially, everyone denied any knowledge of the car or who owned it. A short time later, the last person who had been standing by the vehicle -- the Rembert man -- returned to it and was detained. He admitted he was the one driving the vehicle, and had the keys to the car, but claimed the firearm was not his. In checking the man’s criminal record, the officer learned that he was prohibited from possessing a firearm. The officer also found a syringe in the man’s pocket with a substance in it the man said was marijuana wax, along with a marijuana grinder. In the vehicle, officers also found two .223 rounds in the center console. Officers arrested the Rembert man and charged him with marijuana possession and possession of a firearm by a felon. In all, officers listed 10 subjects at the scene with whom they dealt.

A 57-year-old Camden man allegedly asked a 49-year-old Andrews woman, “Do you want to get shot?” when she told her to stop following him. The woman said she had offered to pay the amount he needed to purchase some beer at the Circle K in Dusty Bend the night of April 4. According to a CPD report, an officer responded to the store because a clerk called dispatchers saying the man had been harassing them and had stolen a can of beer. The clerk said the man selected a $1.29 can of beer and tried to pay only $1 for it. When the clerk asked for the additional money, the man reportedly told them $1 was all they were going to get. The Andrews woman said she was in line behind the man and offered to pay the additional 29 cents only to have the man begin swearing at her, causing her to change her mind. She said the clerk told the man several times to pay for the beer or they would call police. She also said the man told her to come outside and, when she did, he followed her to her car, causing her to tell him to back up and stop following her. At that point, she said, he continued to follow her, placed his hand in his pocket and then threatened to shoot her. When she told him she was calling police, he left waking towards CVS across Broad Street.

Officers arrested a 74-year-old Camden woman for DUI and the unlawful carrying of a firearm around midnight April 10 after receiving a complaint from the Colony Inn on West DeKalb Street that she might be driving impaired. Upon arrival, officers found the woman trying to leave the scene in her gold Chevrolet Impala. One officer positioned his patrol car in front of the Impala, only to have the woman turn her wheels to the right in an apparent attempt to flee. At this point, the first officer turned on his blue lights while a second officer blocked her in as well. While the first officer spoke to the woman at the driver’s side window, the second officer went to the passenger side where they reported seeing a .25 caliber Beretta 950 laying on the passenger seat. The first officer ordered the woman to keep her hands on the wheel, but she removed them so that her right hand couldn’t be seen. At this point, he ordered her out of the vehicle and grabbed her left hand as he assisted her out. The officer then transported the woman to the Kershaw County Detention Center, which was a short distance away and had her undergo a field sobriety test, which she failed.

An Elgin woman said she and a co-worker arrived at Chili’s on West DeKalb Street to work around 5:30 p.m. April 13 when they were confronted by a man demanding that her friend get out of the car. Instead, the friend sped off and got away. The man then allegedly began chasing the Elgin woman, so she ran toward the restaurant, during which the man grabbed at her purse. She was able to get away, entering the “To Go” entrance. She said the man pursued her inside, but was stopped at the counter and left. The restaurant manager told police that the man claimed the victim’s friend who sped off owed him $1,000. The man -- described as an African-American man wearing a black T-shirt with “Trap Life” written on it, khaki pants and light colored shoes -- reportedly left in a small, black four-door sedan with black rims. A woman inside the car who did not get out was described as having purple hair.

In a strange case of possibly two people having the same name, the CPD received word on April 9 from the police department in Meridian, Idaho, that a 66-year-old woman there said she went to an ATM to withdraw money from her checking account only to learn that she had insufficient funds to do so. When she went to her bank to investigate, bank employees told her someone had withdrawn nearly $5,000 from the account at the Wells Fargo in Camden. A CPD officer went to the bank and looked at the withdrawal slip, which indeed had the same name on the account, but of a woman who listed their address on Campbell Street. A records check determined that someone by that name lived, at least at one time, at the Campbell Street address, but had a different birth date than the woman in Idaho. That woman said she may have visited South Carolina on vacation approximately a year ago.

A 57-year-old Kershaw woman said a 64-year-old female co-worker who had been verbally harsh with her several times during the preceding weeks physically assaulted her on the morning of April 3 by grabbing hold of her arms and preventing her from leaving their place of business even after the victim asked to allow her to leave. The victim said she was also terminated from her job after this incident.

Sometime between 11 p.m. April 4 and 8 a.m. April 5, someone broke into Champion’s Barber Shop on Rutledge Street and stole about $140 worth of belts. The business owner’s father said when he came to open the shop on April 5, he found several items in disarray and the rear door unsecured. An officer noted that damage appeared to indicate the door had been kicked from the inside.

A 49-year-old Camden man allegedly entered an abandoned home on Williams Street on April 14, stole a number of items and tried to sell them to some people on Railroad Avenue. The homeowner, who lives next door, and a neighbor reportedly confronted the subject, who gave them the bag of items, asking them not to contact law enforcement.

Sometime between 4 p.m. April 13 and 8:30 a.m. April 16, someone stole a generator from a residence on Fair Street. The thief also, apparently, stole a 5-gallon gas can.

Camden officers also dealt with recent incidents involving assault (second- and third-degree), communicating threats, domestic violence (second-degree), DUI (including one case involving a blood alcohol content of .21), counterfeit money, forgery, harassment, larceny, malicious injury to property, marijuana possession, minor in possession of liquor, no driver’s license, possession of drug paraphernalia, public disorderly conduct, shoplifting, teller machine fraud, theft from a coin operated machine, theft from a motor vehicle, transporting alcohol with a broken seal, trespassing, and vandalism.

Elgin Police Department (EPD)

An Elgin officer arrested Derrick Anthony Jones, 41, of Miles Oak Lane, Blythewood, on two drug distribution charges after smelling the odor of marijuana coming from him as he entered the Food Lion on Main Street around 11 p.m. April 11. According to an EPD incident report, Jones went into the store, quickly purchased something and came back out. The officer spoke to him upon exiting the store and asked if they could speak by his Nissan Maxima. During the initial conversation, Jones reportedly admitted he had just left a house where he had smoked some marijuana. However, he claimed not to have any marijuana on him at the time. He hesitated when asked if there was any marijuana in the car, but then admitted there was some. When the officer asked how much marijuana was in the car, he “let out a loud sigh” and admitted it was probably around 4 ounces and that he paid $250 for it. With Jones’ permission, the officer searched the car, lowering the back driver’s side seat and found a blue insulated bag with a gallon zip-style baggie inside containing the marijuana. The officer also found a digital scale, box of sandwich bags and a blue rubber glove. At this point, the officer arrested Jones for possession with intent to distribute (PWID) marijuana. Jones also admitted to selling a quarter-bag (about 7 grams) of the marijuana to a friend. After placing Jones in their patrol car, the officer dumped out the contents of the bag and found a $100 bill. A further search of the car turned up more illegal items: another plastic baggie with approximately 2 grams of marijuana; a plastic baggie with about 1 gram of a yellowish powdery substance, which Jones claimed was a bit of ecstasy that was “no good;” another digital scale; a plastic baggie with 6.5 grams of a white powdery substance inside a medicine bottle, which Jones claimed was coke for his personal use; and another $898 in cash. The officer then transported Jones to the Kershaw County Detention Center where they additionally charged him with PWID cocaine. A judge set a total bond for Jones of $60,000, according to online court records.

Someone anonymously called the EPD claiming the smell of marijuana was coming from the Tattoo Shop on Rose Street. In March, officers arrested the shop owner on charges of marijuana possession and being a felon in possession of ammunition. Arriving officers reported no smell of marijuana on the premises, and the employees there said they had all agreed to stop smoking marijuana in order to avoid future problems. An hour later, however, one of those employees was terminated from the business because he reportedly went to a neighboring business where he allegedly harassed an employee. When an officer went back inside the shop this time, they were struck with the “overwhelming and distinct odor” of burnt marijuana. Officers searched all those present as well as the shop and found a sealed canister and plastic bags, both of which reportedly bore the distinct odor of marijuana. The person from the shop who terminated the other employee claimed the items as his and officers cited him with possession of drug paraphernalia. One of the officers stayed on the scene until the fired employee left the business.

A 56-year-old Elgin woman is accused of, but was not arrested for, allegedly threatening her son’s girlfriend by waving a pistol around at Food Lion on Main Street around 6 p.m. April 17. The woman’s son said the incident began as a verbal argument in the front parking lot. He said he told his girlfriend to leave the area because his juvenile son was in the car with her. As his girlfriend began to drive away, his mother allegedly began following, waving a pistol she’d had in her glove box. They ended up in back of Food Lion, where, the son admitted, he threw a rock at his mother’s windshield in an effort to stop her. He said he then opened his mother’s door in an attempt to take the gun, but, when he was unable to do so, called authorities. His girlfriend told officers her boyfriend’s mother has been threatening her saying, “You’re going down.” However, no one wanted to press charges, so while the gun was seized for safekeeping, everyone was released from the scene.

The manager of the Family Dollar on Main Street reported that an African-American male came into the store wearing a dark-colored suit and gave the cashier three $100 bills to add to a pre-paid card on the afternoon of April 4. The cashier noticed the money was counterfeit and when they told the man, he reportedly ran out of the store, got into the back seat of a silver Honda Accord and laid down. The manager said the driver was a white man with a beard and that there was a white female in the passenger seat.

Elgin officers also dealt with recent incidents involving ABC law violation, assault (simple), DUI, driving under suspension, larceny, leaving the scene of an accident, marijuana possession, methamphetamine possession, obscene/harassing telephone calls, open container, possession of drug paraphernalia, shoplifting, and vandalism.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO)

The KCSO reported its deputies dealt with recent incidents involving assault and battery (third-degree), breaking into a motor vehicle, burglary (second-degree), court order of protection violation, criminal sexual conduct (third-degree), domestic violence (second- and third-degree), driving under suspension, giving false information, harassment, larceny, malicious injury to property, marijuana possession, methamphetamine possession, public disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, unlawful use of 911, unlawful use of telephone, and use of a license plate other than on vehicle to which it was issued.

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