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KCSO arrests five armed men

All are suspects in string of car break-ins

Posted: February 16, 2017 6:02 p.m.
Updated: February 17, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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Thesius Devore Holloman

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Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested five men, all armed with handguns, early Wednesday morning. Each of the arrested men is suspected of being involved with a series of motor vehicle break-ins in the Elgin area.

According to a KCSO press release, deputies arrested four men from Bishopville and one from Elgin. Deputies arrested Thesius Devore Holloman, 19, of Deerfield Lane, Bishopville; Gareece Montrez Hopkins, 21, of James Street, Bishopville; Shiead Tyshonn Jackson, 19, of Linda Lane, Bishopville; D’rell Dorian Miller, 20, of Sessions Road, Elgin; and Juwan Tepree Robinson, 23, of Royer Road, Bishopville.

Sometime prior to 3:45 a.m. Wednesday, a Highway Church Road resident reported seeing a black man wearing dark clothing running between houses. The resident said they saw the man get into a white four-door car occupied by several other men. The resident called 911 dispatchers who, in turn, sent several deputies to the area.

“An alert citizen and solid law enforcement resulted in the capture of these five individuals,” Sheriff Jim Matthews said in the press release. “Situations like this one, in which deputies are faced with several men with guns, are very dangerous and can easily turn ugly. The fact that the suspects in this incident complied with the directions of the officers kept this incident from escalating. These deputies are to be commended for their cool heads and professionalism.”

Deputies and an Elgin Police Department officer began riding through neighborhoods looking for a four-door sedan. A deputy observed a black male subject wearing dark clothing at a nearby service station where he was pumping gas into a white Chrysler 200. The Chrysler, being operated by Juwan Robinson, then left the service station. After other deputies arrived in the area, they conducted a traffic stop on the white car occupied by a total of five black men, all wearing dark clothing.

As the deputies began talking to Robinson, they saw one of the men in the back seat trying to hide something. One of the deputies noticed a handgun on the floorboard at the feet of one of the men. Deputies then removed all of the subjects from the vehicle and found four additional handguns in the back and front seats. Deputies also found each man had gloves and a flashlight in their possession.

Deputies also discovered several GPS devices, debit cards and other miscellaneous items that had been stolen from car break-ins in the Elgin area. Using the “go home” feature on the GPS devices, deputies were able to go to the homes where the break-ins occurred and notified the owners, some of whom were not even aware that they had been victimized. Matthews said in the press release that the investigation into the break-ins is continuing.

Deputies took each of the men to the Kershaw County Detention Center (KCDC) where they charged them with unlawful carrying of a firearm and breaking into a motor vehicle. Additional charges are likely, Matthews said in the press release.

According to the KCSO, Holloman has been previously arrested for public disorderly conduct; Hopkins for two counts of third degree assault and battery by mob, intimidation of a juror, malicious injury to personal property, forgery and public disorderly conduct; Miller for petit larceny; and Robinson for pointing and presenting a firearm at a person.

Jackson has no previous criminal history, according to the KCSO.

As of Thursday morning, KCDC online records showed Holloman charged with four counts of receiving stolen goods under $2,000; Hopkins and Robinson with three counts of receiving stolen goods under $2,000 and one count of possession of a stolen gun; Jackson with three counts of receiving stolen goods and one count of unlawful carrying of a weapon; and Miller with two counts of receiving stolen goods under $2,000 and one count each of receiving stolen goods over $10,000 and possession of a stolen gun.

Bonds had not been set as of press time Thursday.

 

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