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Crime Report - June 5, 2018

18-year-old stabbed at East DeKalb McDonald’s

Posted: June 4, 2018 4:45 p.m.
Updated: June 5, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Camden Police Department (CPD)

CPD officers arrested 18-year-old Tyler Dean Howle, of Blueberry Lane, Camden, on the morning of May 28 and charged him with first-degree assault for allegedly stabbing another 18-year-old man the night before at the McDonald’s on East DeKalb Street.

According to a CPD report, officers responded to the scene a little after 11 p.m. May 27 believing there had been a shooting. Upon arrival, however, they found the victim lying on the floor of the restaurant’s lobby covered in blood. When asked what happened, the victim reportedly said he had been stabbed. An officer reported that the victim’s shirt was off and that they could see several wounds on his upper body -- specifically his upper chest, under his left arm, on the deltoid muscle and on his triceps. The young man reportedly identified Howle as the man who stabbed him.

After EMS arrived on the scene, officers taped off the area and, with assistance from Kershaw County deputies, located a blood trail. A deputy advised officers that they found about 4 grams of marijuana next to a pool of blood. Also, dispatchers said they had the name and number of a witness. Meanwhile, EMS transported the victim to Columbia for treatment.

Although the report did not provide details of Howle’s arrest, it stated that an officer served the warrant for first-degree assault at the Kershaw County Detention Center at 10:10 a.m. Monday (May 28). A magistrate set bond at $30,000. Online jail records show Howle still being detained as of Tuesday (May 29).

Online court records show county deputies arrested Howle in February 2016 and charged him with armed robbery with a deadly weapon. Authorities dropped that charge in August 2016 when Howle pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of strong arm robbery for which he received a 6-year prison sentence under the S.C. Youthful Offenders Act, suspended upon two years probation with orders to obtain his GED and stay away from the victim and his family.

The CPD also reported the following recent incidents:

Officers arrested a 50-year-old Camden man after a woman called police saying she heard noise coming from her neighbor’s residence on Thomas Street around 3:40 a.m. May 23. The caller reported being able to see someone on the front porch trying to get in the front door and then moving to a side door. Upon arrival, officers found damage to the front door as well as to a door under the carport. One of the officers noticed a shed in the back yard and that a piece of one of its door was laying partially on the ground. Upon closer inspection, he could see someone’s legs and called for the subject to come out. When they failed to do so, the officer drew his sidearm, called out for the man to come out and then opened the shed door fully when they failed to do so the second time. After commanding him several times to get on the ground, the man did so and officers arrested him and charged him with third-degree burglary, malicious injury to personal property and possession of burglary tools.

A home surveillance system captured a man stealing items from inside a car parked on Christmas Place around 4:15 a.m. May 19. The victim said that’s when his car alarm went off and, when he went to check on his vehicle, found that the hood had been opened. He also found a cell phone in the car that did not belong to him, which he turned over to officers. The owner then showed officers the video footage showing who appeared to be an African-American male, approximately 6 feet tall wearing blue jeans, a light-colored T-shirt and a light-colored wide-brimmed hat. It showed the man approach the vehicle, open the driver’s side door, looking around the interior and then popping the hood, which set off the car alarm. The man could then be seen walking west toward Fair Street. The man took a container of chewing gum and a second gum container containing about $6 in change.

Officers arrested a 49-year-old Camden man on May 27 and charged him with public disorderly conduct, resisting a municipal officer, possession of stolen goods under $2,000 and malicious injury to personal property under $2,000. According to a CPD report, the man had shoplifted a number of items from CVS in Dusty Bend and tried to sell them to other people at the Circle K convenience store across Broad Street. Officers found him in the Kirkwood neighborhood, allegedly intoxicated, and holding the items he had allegedly shoplifted. The man reportedly became combative while being arrested and, while being transported, managed to maneuver his body to kick the rear radar antennae of the patrol car in which he was riding, damaging it.

Another home surveillance system captured a man hitching a utility trailer at an Ancrum Road residence to a red SUV and driving away on May 16. The victim said their security system alerted them when someone knocked on the front door of the home while they were away around the same time as the theft. The CPD’s incident report of the case listed a 34-year-old Camden man as a possible suspect.

A woman living at the Canterbury Apartments reported that someone entered her unlocked vehicle on May 25 and removed a brown coin purse with $7 worth of change, a blue cardboard box containing $50 worth of jewelry, and two packs of cigarettes. In a separate report filed the next day, another woman at the apartments said someone stole her navy blue 200 Mercury Sable after she left the rear left door unlocked and the keys in the driver’s door pocket.

Sometime between May 23 and May 28, someone entered a Douglas Street apartment and moved around some items. The victims said nothing was taken, but items were moved from a closet to the living room. They also showed an officer where an attic access panel was missing from its frame. They also reported finding their back door open when they returned from vacation, tipping them off that someone had gotten in.

Emergency department staff at KershawHealth reported finding some suspected heroin among the belongings of a 26-year-old Bethune man brought in for a heroin overdose on May 20. The reporting officer wrote in their report that they did not field test the substance due to the patient’s condition and the possibility of it containing fentanyl.

Someone stole about $1,200 worth of tools by cutting the padlocks off of two cargo shipment containers at the Woolard Technology Center construction site. The thief apparently only entered one of the containers from which they stole a hammer drill, two table saws, and a large grinder.

Video surveillance shows a black male subject reaching into the open trunk of a vehicle parked at Spin City on East DeKalb Street on May 23 in order to steal a woman’s purse. Surveillance showed him driving away in a green, older model Nissan Altima.

Camden officers also dealt with recent incidents involving assault, child restraint violation, cocaine possession, communicating threats, counterfeiting, debit/credit card fraud, DUI, failure to return rental property, false information to police, harassing or obscene phone calls, larceny, marijuana possession, no driver’s license, possession of drug paraphernalia, public disorderly conduct, shoplifting, theft from a motor vehicle, third-degree assault, third-degree domestic violence, trespassing, and vandalism.

Elgin Police Department (EPD)

Elgin officers arrested a 27-year-old Lugoff man Sunday evening and charged him with possession with intent to distribute ecstasy and marijuana possession. Officer also cited the man for a seatbelt violation and issued him a warning concerning a defective brake light.

According to an EPD report, an officer was at the intersection of Church and Main streets when they noticed a silver Ford Fusion headed south on Main Street and that the driver was not wearing a seatbelt. During the traffic stop, and while the man retrieved his license and registration, the officer could smell the odor of raw marijuana from inside the car. The officer had the man get out of the car and showed him the defective brake light. The officer also asked about the marijuana odor, and the man admitted to having smoked some marijuana earlier. He also admitted to having enough other marijuana to smoke a blunt.

After another officer arrived to assist, the first officer searched the car, retrieved the marijuana and then spotted a pink cloth or rag on the front passenger seat. When they lifted it, they found a baggie containing numerous, differently-shaped and colored pills that appeared to be consistent with MDMA, or ecstasy. The man claimed not to know anything about the pills and said he thought maybe someone he knew at work at left them in his car.

The officer field-tested the pills, and they came back positive for MDMA. They then transported the man to the county jail and issued the charges.

The officer reported the ecstasy was in the shape of 15 Teddy Bear shapes, and 17 shaped as President Donald Trump’s head with the word “Trump” stamped on the back.

The EPD also reported the following recent incidents:

Around 7:40 p.m. Saturday, a young man driving a tan Ford Escape eluded an officer after being spotted driving with a license plate that came back as registered to another vehicle. When the officer turned on his blue lights, the driver made a right turn from Kelly Street to Main Street, heading south, and accelerated rapidly. The driver reportedly ignored other drivers and traffic signals while fleeing, including passing cars in the middle turn lane inside the town limits and over double solid lines outside of town. The officer pursued the Escape to just inside Richland County and then stopped, but advised Richland County about the vehicle. The officer reported that it has just come out of some storage units on Kelly Street. The officer checked on the units and found four that were unsecured and partially or fully open, but it was unclear if anything had been taken.

Several people living on Nature Lane reported on May 25 finding a number of book bags in their yards. It appeared they had been taken from unlocked vehicles. One woman reported seeing her own work bag at the corner of Nature Lane and Smyrna Road when she left for work that morning. In one case, a man said his wallet was taken from his vehicle along with a book bag. While the book bag was one of those recovered, the man said his wallet, which was not returned, contained his driver’s license, debit card and $100 worth of gift cards.

On May 23, an officer received a call concerning alleged threats made against Leslie M. Stover Middle School. The officer spoke with a woman at their residence who said her juvenile grandson overheard another student say he saw someone post a picture on Snapchat of a gun claiming they were going to shoot up the school on field day (May 25). The EPD forwarded a copy of the report to a county deputy and notified the school’s resource officer.

A home surveillance system captured footage of two men driving up to Carolina Cuts on Green Hill Road and stealing a black double-axle 7-foot by 14-foot three-sided trailer valued at around $7,600 by hooking it to their light-colored (possibly silver or gold) F-250 on May 25.

At the request of the building’s owner, an officer checked on the now vacant Erica’s Salon on Rose Street on Sunday afternoon. The owner said it appeared someone had been living in or stashing items at the former salon. She said she found a bike, and a book bag full of pizza and chicken.

A 72-year-old woman admitted to chasing her 18-year-old grandson off her property by threatening him with a Taser on Saturday night. She reportedly claimed that he had been disrespectful to her during an argument about her staying with him. Officers did not file any charges.

Elgin officers also dealt with recent incidents involving ABC law violation, assault (including by intimidation), driving under suspension, drug equipment violations, failure to signal, hit and run, identity theft, improper vehicle license, marijuana possession, minor under 21 years of age consuming alcohol, no driver’s license, open container, operating an uninsured vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, prowler, public disorderly conduct, road rage (but no one arrested), seatbelt violation, shoplifting, speeding, theft from a motor vehicle, and trespassing.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO)

County deputies responded to recent incidents involving breach of trust with fraudulent greater than $2,000 but under $10,000, burglary, driving under suspension, habitual traffic offender, malicious injury to property, marijuana possession, methamphetamine possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, public disorderly conduct, runaway, second-degree domestic violence, shoplifting, third-degree assault and battery, third-degree domestic violence, and unlawful carry of a weapon.

(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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