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Police Reports for Oct. 20, 2010

76-year-old arrested for assaulting 82-year-old roommate

Posted: October 19, 2010 5:01 p.m.
Updated: October 20, 2010 5:00 a.m.

A 76-year-old Elgin man was arrested Sunday morning for allegedly assaulting the 82-year-old woman with whom he has shared a Wildwood Lane home for 30 years.

The woman told Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies that he attacked her during an argument. She said when he got up to do so, she threw a cup of water on him. She said he then struck her in the chest several times where her pacemaker is located and then hit her in the arm. Deputies reported she did have bruising consistent with her claims.

Deputies found the man in a back room and he claimed he had only struck the woman in the arm. However, she said he regularly strikes her in the area of her pacemaker and tells her she’s going to die.

EMS was called to the scene to check the woman. Responders informed deputies the woman appeared to be fine and she refused to be transported to the hospital.

The woman said she wanted charges to be filed and for the suspect not to return to the home. She said they are not partners, only roommates, and that she fears for her life. She said she believes he is trying to kill her in order to own her residence.

The man was taken to the Kershaw County Detention Center (KCDC), where he remained in jail as of Monday afternoon.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of Oct. 11-17:

A 24-year-old Elgin man was arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at a woman in her Bowman Avenue, Elgin, yard. The woman told deputies she was awakened by a loud noise in her yard around 1:15 a.m. Monday and saw a car in her yard with three men in it, including her son, who was in the back seat. She said one of the men sitting up front pulled out a gun and pointed it at her when she asked what business he had in her yard and asked him to leave. Deputies were called to the scene a second time around 2:50 a.m. for shots being fired. The woman told deputies she thought the car might be at an Archer Avenue address in Richland County. KCSO deputies met up with Richland County deputies at the address and saw a car matching the woman’s description. They found several subjects, including the suspect, in the back yard. A deputy retrieved the victim and she positively identified the man as the person who had presented the pistol. The suspect was arrested and waived his rights, consenting to a search of his vehicle. Inside, deputies found five .380 caliber bullets, a .380 pistol magazine and a .380 pistol case but, apparently, not a gun itself. However, the woman’s son and another witness both testified they saw the suspect point the pistol at the woman. He was arrested and was still being held at KCDC as of Monday afternoon.

A 41-year-old Camden woman was arrested and briefly held on several charges after she allegedly struck a woman with her car at a White Pond Road, Elgin, convenience store. While a deputy was responding, he reported learning the suspect was trying to leave but bystanders blocked her in so she couldn’t leave. By the time the deputy arrived on the scene, a S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) trooper was already performing a sobriety test on the suspect. The victim, a Lugoff woman, said a verbal altercation began after the suspect got in her car and her driver’s side door struck the victim’s car. While the victim began to call 911, a customer drove up to see if she was OK. She said when she walked behind the suspect’s car, the suspect deliberately backed up twice, hitting her. After she got out of the way, she said, the suspect then backed into the customer’s vehicle twice. A witness said he saw the suspect drinking an alcoholic beverage in her car. Another witness said he was able to reach into the suspect’s car and turn off the switch. The SCHP trooper charged the suspect with driving under the influence. She was charged with assault and battery by the KCSO.

While searching for a missing juvenile, a SLED helicopter team spotted two marijuana plants growing in the back yard of a Porter Cross Road home. Deputies responding to the address found the two 6-foot plants approximately 40 steps from the back door in an empty horse pen. No one answered the door despite two vehicles parked in the yard. Deputies left a note on the door for the residents to contact them. Several hours later, a female suspect called saying her husband had found the note and wanted to know why deputies wished to speak to them. Deputies said they needed to speak to them about the plants growing in their horse pen and asked if they would meet at KCSO headquarters. Sometime later, the husband called agreeing to the meet, but when deputies called the wife to confirm, she said they were not coming but would do so if warrants had been drawn. She said an attorney advised them not to speak to deputies.

A 21-year-old Cassatt man allegedly assaulted his wife after they argued about his alleged abuse of a prescription drug.

Three men and a woman were arrested for breach of peace after deputies responded to the report of a large fight in progress at a Hazelhurst Street, Camden, residence late Saturday night. While en route, dispatchers advised that shots had been fired. Deputies spoke to several people at the scene, including one who claimed he heard that a fifth, unknown subject dropped the gun in the neighboring yard. Several deputies and Camden police officers checked the yard. While they were searching, several of the subjects became irate, yelling profanity and aggressively approaching law enforcement. All were found to be intoxicated. One of them claimed the unknown subject had shot at him. There was no further mention of a weapon in the KCSO report.

Three men were caught on video prying open the back door of a U.S. 1 South, Lugoff, convenience store. They reportedly destroyed seven surveillance cameras mounted on the outside of the business. Once inside, they damaged a counter in order to get a safe and drag it to a back room. An in-store camera recorded the burglary.. The suspects also cut the telephone line at a pole, keeping the burglar alarm from notify law enforcement of the break-in. Although a full inventory was pending at the time of the report, the KCSO indicated approximately $5,000 and $350 in consumable goods were stolen.

Someone climbed under a security fence at Cassatt Water Company’s Stagecoach Road property. They then took nearly $1,200 in tools from several company vehicles and loaded them into a 2006 Toyota Tacoma truck belonging to the company, cut the lock to the fence and drove off. The truck was equipped with a GPS tracking system and it was recovered on Thoroughfare Road.

A Lugoff woman said she spotted another woman on her property taking pictures. She said the previous night the woman also tried to run her daughter off the road. The girl told deputies she was a passenger in a car and the suspect chased her and her friend all the way from Green Pastures Road to the Wateree River bridge. She said the suspect flashed her bright lights, pulled alongside them and tried to run them off the road.

A juvenile male allegedly threatened his 26-year-old cousin with a knife while the victim was visiting at a family member’s home on Old Georgetown Road West near Kershaw. The man said he pulled out his own knife, but his cousin cut him twice on his left arm. He said he did not retaliate, but left for home and called 911.

A 31-year-old Kershaw man said he was attacked by three other young men while he was changing a tire on Sandy Grove Road. He said one of the men held a gun to his back before striking him in the eye. He said he fell to the ground and was then attacked by all three men before they fled in a vehicle.

A burglary case involving a male student who was recently expelled due to drug charges revealed the boy’s father may be supplying him with marijuana. The boy was charged with larceny for stealing items from his neighbor’s house.

Someone broke out a window at a Horton Acres Lane, Camden, residence and stole a two TVs, air conditioning unit, mounted fish, a metal collector’s sailboat, two lighthouse figurines, a metal grate and 4-foot-tall wooden pelican statue.

An 18-year-old Kershaw woman said her 19-year-old ex-boyfriend from Jefferson tried to hit her with his car while she was at a Lockhart Road convenience store.

Someone broke into a Providence Road, Cassatt, home and stole two video game consoles, wireless controllers and 50 video games.

A bomb threat was made involving the boys locker room at Lugoff-Elgin High School late Saturday morning. Nothing was found.

Someone stole a 200-foot spool of copper from the loading dock of a Groves Street, Lugoff, plant.

Someone stole a rifle with a diamond cut wood grip and scope from a Ridgeway Road residence.

Allegations have been made that a 26-year-old county man fondled his 10-year-old cousin.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with 11 intimidation; 10 larceny; five public disorderly conduct, simple assault, swindle and vandalism; four burglary; three runaway and trespassing; two breach of peace, dog bite, forgery, harassing or obscene phone call, harassment and simple possession of marijuana; and one ATM/credit card fraud, death, incorrigible and motor vehicle theft.

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The Camden Police Department (CPD) is investigating a 53-year-old Ridgeway man who allegedly bilked a Camden woman out of nearly $4,000 after agreeing to perform irrigation and landscaping work in July.

The victim said the man and his company satisfactorily completed some driveway work for her. She then entered into an agreement for him to perform the landscaping and install an irrigation system. She said she paid him in advance for materials on five separate occasions, but he has yet to complete the work.

To date, there are several ditches dug throughout her yard and temporary cable above ground waiting for the work to be completed. She said she has contacted the suspect several times about finishing the work, but he continues to put off the work date and refuses to refund her any of the money.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Oct. 11-17:

A 45-year-old Camden man remained in custody Monday after being arrested Oct. 13 on multiple charges when he was spotted in an alley off Little Street. An officer in his patrol car observed the man turn into the alley while stuffing objects into the front of his pants. The officer exited his vehicle and approached the man who then took off running. During the short chase, the officer saw the man reach into his pants and toss several items under a tree. He was able to catch up to the suspect, force him to the ground and, after a brief struggle, handcuff him. The man was found to be intoxicated and was initially arrested for public disorderly conduct and taken to jail. Afterward, the officer returned to the scene and found the items the man threw. They included a pair of work gloves, a large screwdriver and large knife. The suspect was subsequently charged with resisting arrest and carrying a concealed weapon.

A 33-year-old Cassatt man is in jail and facing drug charges after he was spotted driving under suspension. Dispatchers noted the man’s license was suspended due to previous drug charges. An officer waited for the subject to exit a West DeKalb Street convenience store. Another officer was called to the scene; they approached the suspect and arrested him for driving under suspension. He immediately began to adamantly ask that someone get his vehicle or to leave it there to be retrieved. During an inventory of the vehicle, officers found two plastic bags with a total of 21 grams of marijuana inside. The man was taken to jail and later served warrants for a third offense of possession with intent to distribute (PWID) marijuana and PWID marijuana within proximity of a school.

A 27-year-old Camden woman came up to a man sitting in a car at a West DeKalb Street convenience store. She asked his name, said she was looking for a good time and offered a sexual favor in return for $40. At one point, the woman asked the man if would go to an ATM to get money. He agreed and she got in the car. A short while later, the car turned down Bramblewood Plantation Road toward the Kershaw County Detention Center. The man, she realized, was actually a CPD officer. She began to say she was not a prostitute and that she didn’t mean what she said. She was arrested and charged with loitering and prostitution. The incident was recorded on the officer’s in-car digital recorder.

Someone made a sexually explicit phone call to KershawHealth’s lab, which included comments about children. According to a CPD report, there is some thought the man believed he was calling mental health officials.

A 29-year-old Camden man allegedly left messages on a 19-year-old’s Facebook page threatening to kill the younger man and his mother.

Someone entered a Garden Street home through an unlocked window and stole video game console, a jewelry box with some jewelry inside.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with four public disorderly conduct; two open container and vandalism; and one ATM/credit card fraud, larceny, malicious injury to property, motor vehicle theft, possession of a controlled substance, stolen property offense and unlawful use of telephone.

Incident reports are provided by the Camden Police Department and Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office 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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