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Crime Report - July 10, 2018

Men arrested for June 23 attack behind Mona Lisa

Posted: July 9, 2018 5:01 p.m.
Updated: July 10, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Camden Police Department (CPD)

The CPD arrested two men in connection with the assault of a 55-year-old Camden man on June 23 behind the Mona Lisa Motel on West DeKalb Street. As first reported in the C-I’s July 3 Crime Report, the victim suffered possible internal injuries and a severe laceration. On June 23, officers spoke to a man considered a person of interest at a nearby bar, but did not arrest him at that time.

A CPD incident report, combined with information from the Kershaw County Detention Center, indicates officers not only arrested that man -- Jordan Rasheed McKeever, 24, of Laurens Street -- but 21-year-old Dallas Jeffreon Huggins, of Church Street.

While speaking with Huggins and McKeever during a follow-up conversation, they implicated a third subject, whom officers arrested on June 27. However, all charges against that man had been dropped by July 3. Officers arrested Huggins and McKeever on June 28, charging them with second-degree assault and battery by mob resulting in serious bodily injury.

Officers also originally charged Huggins with kidnapping and first-degree criminal sexual assault, but those charges against him were dropped, also July 3. The June 23 incident report makes no mention of sexual assault, so it is unknown why officers charged Huggins and the third man with that crime. In April, Huggins pleaded guilty to malicious injury to property valued at less than $2,000 in conjunction with a 2015 incident.

McKeever, meanwhile, still faces 15 separate counts of vandalism in connection with his arrest in late April. He reportedly admitted to damaging windows and lights at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, and vandalizing cars and other buildings on Commerce Alley, and Broad, West DeKalb and York streets.

Officers found McKeever with two other subjects who allegedly participated in the vandalism spree, but McKeever claimed he was the only one involved, leading to his arrest in April.

A judge set McKeever’s bond on July 2 at $10,000; a bonding company paid it the following day, allowing him to be free while awaiting trial. Huggins, however, continues to be held on a $25,000 bond.

The CPD also reported the following other recent incidents:

Camden police officers arrested a 24-year-old man after responding to a burglary on Camden Avenue in which the man who ended up being arrested called dispatchers saying he had barricaded himself in a bedroom and shot at the suspects. According to a CPD report, officers responded to the scene around 2 a.m. June 30. The report indicated the sequence of events may have taken place between 10:30 p.m. June 29 and about 5 minutes before the man called for police. The man came out of the residence with his hands up, and officers saw that his T-shirt was covered in dried blood and that he had a cut on his left wrist. The man said two other men and a woman came to the house and attempted to open the window to his and his wife’s bedroom, and that the two men were holding firearms. He said he managed to take a pistol away from one of the men, then locked himself in the bedroom and shot at the door in self-defense. The man also said he ran to a neighbor’s home on McRae Road in order to get away from the suspects, but later returned, dropped the gun in the back yard when he went over a fence, which had cut his wrist. The man’s wife told police she went to bed around 10 p.m. and did not hear or know anything of what happened. In the bedroom, officers found two spent bullets on the floor and two bullet holes in the door. They could not, however, locate the pistol where the man said he had dropped it. They did, however, see that the McRae residence had been burglarized. While a detective talked to the man there. Officers located a part of the pistol on the floor. Officers moved the dresser out about 6 inches from the wall and found the back part of a silver pistol. Moving the dresser a little more revealed six large vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana, totaling 3 pounds. Officers also found two boxes of bullets and reported that the serial number to the pistol had been scratched off. When confronted, the man admitted all the items belonged to him. He also admitted to breaking into the McRae Road residence. At that point, officers arrested the man and took him to jail. In all, officers charged them man with first-degree burglary, unlawful possession of a handgun, possession with intent to distribute (PWID) marijuana, PWID marijuana within proximity of a school, and discharging a firearm in a dwelling. According to online jail records, he is being held on $20,000 bond.

Officers arrested two men, one on burglary and other charges, the other on drug charges, following a burglary call on the 900 block of Fair Street around 11:40 a.m. July 4. According to a CPD report, officers charged Krishawn Allen, 17, of Wateree Boulevard, Camden, with second-degree burglary and a beginner’s permit violation. Officers charged another 17-year-old with marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. In the report, officers stated the victim told dispatchers Allen kicked in the door to their residence and that both he and the other young man left in white Acura toward York Street. The 46-year-old victim said she was on her bed when she heard the car pull up, looked outside and saw Allen walking up to her front door. She then heard the door being kicked open, which moved a chair that had been behind the door and broken the right side of the door frame. She claimed Allen likely came to her residence because her boyfriend owes approximately $100 for crack cocaine. Another officer spotted the Acura in the parking lot of Circle K on East DeKalb Street and placed both young men in investigative detention. A third officer frisked the other 17-year-old and found a black digital scale with marijuana residue in their right pocket. In addition, a strong odor of marijuana was coming from the car. A search turned up a zip baggie with approximately 23 grams of marijuana inside. Allen admitted going to the residence because someone there owed his brother money, but denied kicking in the door, claiming he only knocked on it. Officers arrested him due to the amount of force used on the door and how recently the incident took place.

The CPD is investigating an allegation that a 34-year-old Camden man attempted to forcibly rape his son’s 18-year-old girlfriend during the early morning hours of July 3. The young woman was apparently staying in the home after her boyfriend -- the suspect’s son -- locked her out of the home earlier the previous night following an argument. After the boyfriend left, she returned with her boyfriend’s father after she decided she had nowhere else to go and claimed that, several times during the night, the older man would come leave his own girlfriend in another room and come to hers in attempt to have sex. He was interrupted, however, by his own girlfriend who was listening nearby and entered the room, stopping him. The girlfriend then took the younger woman to McDonald’s from which the 18-year-old walked to the hospital where she met with police.

Officers arrested a Camden woman and a Louisiana man just after midnight July 5 after an officer spotted their Dodge truck driving with no tag lights on. The CPD report listed the 36-year-old east Camden woman as being arrested for no driver’s license and issued warnings for no tag lights and failing to maintain a vehicle properly on the roadway. The report listed Lance Michael LeBoeuf, 33, of Houma, La., as being charged with unlawful carry of a firearm and weapon after officers found a machete and 9mm semi-automatic pistol with a single magazine containing one round next to the 4-wheel drive stick shift on the floorboard. LeBoeuf claimed the weapons as his. Officers also found pellet gun the woman said she used for protection.

Officers charged a 34-year-old Columbia man being held at the Kershaw County Detention Center with two counts of malicious injury to property after he tampered with the jail’s sprinkler system, causing the alarm to go off. Lavaytron D. Mills allegedly managed to cause smoke and water to come from the pod in which he was being detained around 1:15 a.m. July 4 and was removed from his cell. He allegedly tampered with the sprinkler system again, causing it to go off around just before 9 p.m. July 5. Mills has been held on a revoked bond since March 23 following charges filed Feb. 10 for possession of a firearm or ammunition by a convicted felon, possession of a stolen pistol, and unlawful carrying of a pistol.

A 52-year-old Camden man said he was walking south on Campbell Street when an unknown man came up to him, struck him to the ground and continued to strike him in the head and chest area. This happened sometime between 7 and 9 p.m. June 29. He said after the suspect left, he made his way to an abandoned house and passed out. When he awoke, it was daylight and, he said, he had trouble breathing because of side and ribcage pain. He started heading toward the hospital, got picked up and taken there. A nurse called for an officer, who observed a large bruise on the man’s head and some swelling on the left side of his face.

Camden officers also dealt with recent incidents involving counterfeiting, fraudulent credit card use, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of Schedule IV narcotics, public disorderly conduct, shoplifting, third-degree domestic violence, trespassing, and vandalism.

Elgin Police Department (EPD)

Elgin officers dealt with recent incidents involving DUI, driving under suspension, identity theft, littering (potentially, of fireworks), marijuana possession, no driver’s license, open container, possession of drug paraphernalia, shoplifting, suspicious person and theft from a motor vehicle.

(Incident reports are provided by the Camden and Elgin police departments 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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