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Two arrested, two sought for carjacking

Posted: April 17, 2017 5:36 p.m.
Updated: April 18, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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Davernier Parker

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested and charged a Columbia man and a 16-year-old girl Thursday for carjacking. A KCSO press release identified the arrested man as Davernier Capon Parker, 19, of Shorecrest Drive, Columbia. The 16-year-old is not being identified due to her being a minor. However, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said in the press release she is being charged as an adult.

Parker is also being charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. Also, deputies have identified and are seeking two other male suspects involved in the carjacking.

Around 1:15 a.m. Thursday, dispatchers received a call that a man had been carjacked at gunpoint in the parking lot in front of Harbor Freight on U.S. 1 in Lugoff. Deputies met with the victim who provided them a description of the four suspects, their vehicle, the firearm they used and his car that they stole.

Later that morning, KCSO investigators learned the carjacked vehicle had been located at what turned out to be Parker’s residence on Shorecrest Drive in Columbia. KCSO investigators contacted Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) investigators and told them where the carjacked vehicle was reportedly seen. Acting on that information, RCSD deputies located the stolen car at Parker’s residence.

While waiting on a search warrant, RCSD investigators observed Parker drive away in the stolen car. They followed him as he drove to a Walmart on Garners Ferry Road where he worked. 

Meanwhile, Richland and Kershaw deputies executed a search warrant at Parker’s residence which resulted in the seizure of the 9mm handgun used in the carjacking along with the victim’s cell phone. Deputies recoverd the car at the Garner’s Ferry Walmart. RCSD deputies took Parker into custody after a short foot chase as he was walking towards his residence on Shorecrest.

Investigators have not released the identities of the other two subjects, but said warrants were being obtained for them on Friday. Parker is being detained on a $40,000 cash surety bond at the Kershaw County Detention Center and is awaiting a bond hearing. A judge set bond for the 16-year-old girl at $20,000; she was then transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia.

According to the KCSO, Parker has an adult arrest record that began shortly after turning 17, having been arrested previously for possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of burglary tools and narcotics violations.

“There was great cooperation today on two fronts between the KCSO and RCSD,” Matthews said. “At about the same time today, Richland County deputies helped us with our carjacking by their citizens and we helped them with a burglary in Richland County perpetrated by Kershaw County citizens. This kind of cooperation is critical in solving crimes by suspects who cross jurisdictional lines.”

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