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Three charged in strong armed robbery

Posted: September 27, 2018 5:49 p.m.
Updated: September 28, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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CPD officers are charging two men and a woman in connection with a strong arm robbery that took place around 5 a.m. Sept. 19 at the corner of Lakeshore Drive and Kendall Street.

According to a CPD report, a 32-year-old man said he was jumped by two men, one of whom he identified as Jacob James Payne, 28, of Old Stagecoach Road in east Camden. Officers reported there was blood on the victim’s face and shirt and on the ground around the scene. The victim told officers the two men stole his South Carolina identification, another ID from Colorado, $118 cash and a cellphone. The victim also identified Amanda Dawn Rice, 32, of Haile Street as being at the scene. He said Payne, Rice and the other suspect left the scene in a grey minivan.

Officers arrested Rice shortly after the incident and Payne later that same day. According to the incident report, officers served warrants the next day (Sept. 20) on Payne for strong arm robbery and on Rice for being an accessory after the fact.

The CPD later identified the third subject as Daniel Zeray Watkins, 32, of Lovett Road in east Camden and charged him with strong arm robbery on Tuesday.

The victim said he had been with Rice and two other people at the Deluxe Inn on East DeKalb Street, but that he and Rice left the inn and went to an apartment building where Rice allegedly asked him to buy some “cream” (narcotics) from Payne. The victim said he declined because he needed the money to pay for court bills in Elgin. He said Rice then began throwing bottles at someone at the apartment until a neighbor threatened to call police. The victim said Payne then brought the van to the apartment and he, Rice and Watkins got into the van and drove to Lakeshore Drive and Kendall Street where the assault and robbery took place.

No details about the assault were included in the report.

An officer transported the victim back to the Deluxe Inn to assist him in retrieving a backpack he had left in the room. The officer obtained a room key from the manager and went to the room the victim said he paid for that was in Rice’s name. According to the officer, Rice opened the door and when asked for her name replied by asking “What’s up?” and what they wanted. The officer told Rice the victim wanted his backpack returned. She reportedly returned the items, putting them on the ground in front of the room and then shut the door.

At this point, the officer called for backup and was soon joined by another officer. They knocked on the door twice but Rice would not answer. The second officer asked for additional assistance and a third officer arrived at the motel. After Rice refused to answer for a third time, they used the key to enter the room, arrested her and took her to jail.

Later that day, just before 4 p.m., an officer responded to Walmart to assist a detective and two Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies who were dealing with two subjects being accused of shoplifting from Burke’s Outlet across the street in Springdale Plaza. One of those subjects turned out to be Payne. The detective stated they witnessed Payne and a 29-year-old Camden man, leave Burke’s with about $100 worth of stolen items. He said he followed them and made contact in the Walmart parking lot. Officers charged both men with shoplifting, but also charged Payne with driving under suspension (fifth offense) and being a habitual offender.

According to Kershaw County Detention Center officials, Payne is being held at another facility. It was unclear if bond had been set or denied.

Meanwhile, online court records indicate that barely two weeks prior to the strong arm robbery, on Sept. 11, a S.C. Highway Patrol trooper charged Payne with the unlawful carrying of a pistol; the unlawful sale, delivery or possession of a possibly stolen pistol; and possession of less than 1 gram of meth or cocaine. A judge set a total bond of $18,000, which was posted by a bonding company that same day.

In December 2010, Payne pleaded guilty to grand larceny (between $1,000 and $5,000 value) and second-degree burglary (originally charged with first-degree). A judge sentenced him to five years in prison, suspended to three years of probation and $670 restitution.

In addition to the CPD charging Watkins in the strong arm robbery, online jail records show the KCSO is also charging him with a third offense of methamphetamine distribution and a third or subsequent offense of possession of Schedule I narcotics.

As of Wednesday, online jail records show Watkins being held at the county jail on $30,000 bond for the CPD’s strong arm robbery charge, and $40,000 each on the KCSO’s narcotics charges, for a total of $110,000 bond.

According to online court records, Watkins pleaded guilty on Aug. 30 to a second offense of less than 1 gram of meth or cocaine base and a second offense of possession of a Schedule I or II narcotic, for which a judge sentenced him to five years in prison, suspended upon three years probation. At the same hearing, Watkins also pleaded guilty to two other, earlier narcotics related charges, one of which he was sentenced to 10 years in prison suspended upon the three years of probation. He also pleaded guilty that day to a hit-and-run accident involving property damage.

Rice is also still being held at the detention center on a $25,000 bond.

Online court records show an additional charge again Rice, from a Sept. 9 arrest by the CPD for possessing, concealing, selling or disposing of a stolen vehicle. A judge released her that same day on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

In April 2017, the CPD arrested Rice for obtaining a signature or property under false pretenses; she pleaded guilty this June to a lesser charge of breach of trust. Rice has also pleaded guilty or been found guilty previously of shoplifting, public disorderly conduct, and various traffic violations.

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