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Crime Report - March 10, 2017

Man arrested after stealing father’s van, assaulting deputy

Posted: March 9, 2017 2:59 p.m.
Updated: March 10, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a 50-year-old Cassatt man after he allegedly stole one of his father’s vans and, later, assaulted a deputy while resisting arrest.

According to one KCSO report, the man’s father, who lives on Providence Road, reported that his son had stolen his white 1977 Chevy van from another residence on Old Georgetown Road around 5 a.m. that day. He said a short time later, his son arrived with the van and drove it into the back of his blue Toyota van, damaging it. He said his son might be intoxicated and, possibly, on drugs.

While deputies were on the scene, the son returned with the van at a high rate of speed, circled around the yard, stopped, revved the engine and then took off down Providence Road. Deputies did not pursue since the man’s father was in their patrol car -- they had been about to leave for another residence on Old Georgetown Road.

According to a separate incident report, a deputy spotted the man around 4 p.m. that day near the van fleeing into a wooded area toward a Beaver Dam Road residence. Deputies, including a K9 unit, tracked the man to a home on the 2200 block of Beaver Dam Road. One deputy found the front door open while other deputies came from behind the house. After announcing themselves several times, deputies entered the home, but only found a small caliber rifle laying on a couch and secured it.

Near the back of the home, deputies found a locked door and heard a man begin challenging them from the other side. The man, later identified as the suspect, refused to exit the locked room, at one point stating he “had something for” the deputies. He eventually came out to the front part of the home but, when a deputy went to secure him, kicked the deputy in the lower shin and slammed the front door, locking it. He then refused to exit again.

At this point, a deputy managed to breach a window in order to “pepper spray” the man, but was nearly struck by a 5- to 5-1/2-foot long cedar post the man threw at him from the window. Another deputy then used the cedar post to breach the front door only to have the man retreat to the bedroom, locking it again. This time, however, deputies managed to talk him into exiting the room and surrendering.

Deputies took him to the Kershaw County Detention Center where they booked him on charges of two counts of resisting arrest and one count each of grand larceny and not having a driver’s license. According to online booking records, bond was set at $15,000 on each of the resisting arrest charges and the grand larceny charge.

The KCSO reported the following other recent incidents:

Deputies arrested a 50-year-old Columbia man just before midnight March 3 and charged him with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of cocaine. According to a KCSO incident report, two narcotics agents were patrolling the parking lot of the Pilot gas station and truck stop at the Lugoff I-20 exit when they saw several men mingling around a white Infiniti while one of the men dug around the back passenger seat or floorboard. When one of the other men got in the car, it appeared as though he had just purchased some cigarillos, which agents said are commonly used with marijuana. They also reportedly saw one of the men in the backseat cuffing money in his hand and then passing it to a man getting into the front passenger seat. The agents checked the license plate and learned that the tag was suspended due to lack of insurance. The men left the gas station, followed by the agents who then made atraffic stop on S.C. 12. The agents found a total of five men in the car and could smell marijuana. One of the agents also saw a small piece of what looked to be marijuana on the driver’s floorboard. They then had the driver get out and saw pieces of marijuana on his shirt. The agents then had all the occupants exit the vehicle and found a small blue soft cooler on the front passenger side of the car. That passenger -- the 50-year-old man -- claimed the cooler. An agent looked inside it and found a small Tupperware container with four individual bags of marijuana (totaling 22 grams), a small digital scale with marijuana residue and an eyeglasses case with a clear baggie of cocaine. After being read his rights, the man admitted the marijuana and cocaine was his. All of the men apparently worked at the same plant on S.C. 12 and it appeared the man was selling marijuana to his co-workers while at work.

Deputies arrested a 20-year-old Lynchburg man for possession of a stolen handgun and unlawful carrying of a weapon after a deputy saw him make a U-turn near the airport without using a turn signal. It also appeared the tag lights were not working. The deputy noted an odor of marijuana coming from the car and had the driver step out of the vehicle; two other men were passengers in the car. The man claimed he didn’t know if there was marijuana in the car. At that point, another deputy arrived and the other two men were asked to exit the vehicle. Deputies frisked each of them and then searched the car. Deputies found a bag of marijuana, which was claimed by the driver’s brother. Deputies cited him for simple possession. They also found a Taurus “The Judge” revolver loaded with five .410 gauge shells under the front seat that had been stolen out of Sumter. Deputies arrested the driver and took him to jail.

Deputies and the Department of Social Services (DSS) took a girl into emergency protective custody after she and her parents got into a physical altercation over her having a cell phone she was not supposed to have. Deputies and DSS made the decision because of injuries both the girl and her father sustained, the girl’s “blatant” disregard for her parents’ rules, the fact she has been removed from their custody twice before and to protect her from being hurt any further. According to the report, after deputies placed the girl in a patrol car and told her mother she was been taken into protective custody, the woman walked by the patrol car and waved good-bye to her daughter saying, “Hope you have a good time” in what a deputy reported as a taunting manner.

On the morning of March 3, a man arrived at KCSO headquarters in Lugoff and said an unknown black male in a dark-colored hoodie and dark-colored “skull” hat had just tried to shoot him at an apartment complex on Roy Truesdell Road in Lugoff. The man claimed the suspect had a large, unknown type of handgun. He said that when he exited his car, the suspect approached him, said “hey” and then pointed the gun at him and fired one round. A deputy searched the area, but could find no evidence. He also talked to several potential witnesses, all of whom claimed not to have heard a gunshot.

Deputies arrested a 24-year-old Elgin man for distribution of marijuana Monday night after a deputy conducted a traffic stop for malfunctioning turn lights on Wildwood Lane. The deputy reported that when he approached the vehicle, he smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside. Another deputy arrived on the scene, allowing the first deputy to search the car. He found a large plastic bag with marijuana inside that later turned out to weigh 59 grams. He also found 19 loose baggies and a digital scale.

Sometime between March 3 and Sunday, someone stole a 7x16 flatbed trailer, Troy Bilt 6500 generator, 30 pieces of plywood, 13 square bundles of shingles, four rolls of roofing felt, 10 pieces of 2x6 lumber, a 20-foot ratchet strap, a four-pack of tie down straps, an 8-foot ladder and a stepladder from a home being built on Etters Lane.

Someone broke into a home on the 2800 block of Rochelle Lane near Bethune sometime before 4 p.m. Monday by kicking in the front door. Once inside, they stole a surround sound system, two tablet computers, a 43-inch flat screen TV, desktop computer, three smartphones, a streaming music/video player and a set of car keys.

Deputies arrested a 31-year-old Kershaw man for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine following a traffic stop at the I-20 Lugoff exit late on the evening of March 1. Deputies also charged the man with simple possession of marijuana and driving under suspension.

Someone broke into a shop on Green Hill Road in Lugoff on Monday by breaking through some plywood around a spot where the shop had been broken into before. The unknown suspect busted out a window on a vehicle the victim was working on and stole a generator.

Deputies and DSS placed two children with separate family members following reported signs of possible child abuse at a residence in the Camden area on March 2.

The KCSO is also investigating an allegation of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor reported from the Springvale Road area of Lugoff early on the morning of Feb. 28.

County deputies also dealt with nine cases of simple possession of marijuana; six cases of larceny; five cases each of breach of peace and third-degree assault and battery; four cases each of driving under suspension, public disorderly conduct and vandalism; three cases of malicious injury to property; two cases each of harassment and no driver’s license; and one case each of ATM/credit card fraud, breaking and entering a motor vehicle, emergency protective custody of an adult, fraudulent checks, minor in possession of alcohol, open container, second-degree domestic violence, speeding and third-degree domestic violence.

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The Elgin Police Department reported the following recent incident:

On March 1, a man said he noticed back on Feb. 16 that his handgun was missing from his vehicle. He said he was uncertain whether it might have been taken while his vehicle was parked at home or at work in Richland County. It turned out the gun had actually been recovered on Feb. 15. Officers notified the man on March 2 about how he could reclaim the gun.

Elgin officers also assisted other agencies and dealt with two cases of trespassing; and one case of each of a parking violation, provisional driver’s license violation, public disorderly conduct and a suspicious person.

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