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Camden Crime Report - May 17, 2019
Man who threatened to kill deputies bites detention center officer
Robert Johnson
Robert Maurice Johnson

Robert Maurice Johnson, 27, of Douglas Street, Camden, was already in jail for allegedly calling dispatchers on May 11 threatening to shoot and kill deputies at the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO). Now, the Camden Police Department (CPD) has charged him with third-degree assault for allegedly biting a Kershaw County Detention Center officer.

After calling dispatchers on May 11 -- a Saturday -- Johnson showed up at the sheriff’s office and made an “exhausting” attempt to get inside. Deputies confronted him in the parking lot where he surrendered, unarmed. According to county jail records, the KCSO charged Johnson with second-degree burglary, unlawful use of 911 and threatening the life of public employees.

According to a CPD report, also filed May 11, sometime after Johnson was booked at the jail, detention center staff had to extract him from his cell because he was reportedly “beating and banging on the door and attempting to tie a bed sheet around the lights in the cell in an attempt to hang himself.” The staff then began placing him into what is known as a restraint chair so that he could not continue to harm himself.

While they were doing so, Johnson resisted by reportedly “attempting to bite, head butt, kick and throw punches at the officers.” At one point, he bit one of the detention center officers’ right bicep, breaking the skin and requiring the officer to be checked out at the hospital.

After being restrained, Johnson allegedly threatened the same officer with bodily harm.

The CPD also reported the following recent incidents:

The CPD arrested and charged a 57-year-old Camden woman for assaulting a 69-year-old man for whom she was acting as a caregiver. According to a CPD report, on the evening of May 10, the man called police after the woman left his Wall Street apartment. He told officers his caregiver had been drinking alcohol and asked him for an advance on her pay because she wanted to go out somewhere that evening. He said that when he refused, she became irate, cussing at him while standing over him. The man -- who is on oxygen for several conditions -- said he began to hyperventilate and left to go to his bedroom and lay down. He said that while he did so, the woman ripped his landline phone from off the way, and damaged his TV remote by throwing it. She then allegedly went into the bedroom, pulled calendars off the wall and threw cologne on the floor. She then allegedly began throwing objects at him, poured beer on him and struck him in the left side of his head, causing an injury. When she left, she took $60 cash from the man’s wallet. According to online jail records, the CPD charged the woman with third-degree assault and battery, malicious injury to personal property and petit larceny.

A Camden officer responded to what turned out to be a strange case of a stolen car. A woman working at Auto Zone said she had parked her car on the west side of the business’ parking lot. A half-hour later, when her husband came to get the car, it was not where it was supposed to be. An officer took a report, but as soon as he left another officer located the vehicle on Auto Zone’s property, but parked in front of a tree on the east side of the property. The reporting officer went back and saw tire marks where the car ran over some tall grass. However, there were no signs of damage to the car and no signed of forced entry. Neither the woman nor her husband could say how the car ended up there.

Officers are investigating a claim that a 31-year-old Camden man attempted to assault the mother of his child at a South Gordon Street address on the afternoon of May 11. The woman and several witnesses said the man came out of a home there shouting at them and trying to get into the vehicle the woman was in so he could get at her. The witnesses told officers they feared for the woman’s safety because he had allegedly assaulted her before. The woman said she locked the doors, but the man managed to reach in and open the door by the inner handle. At that point, she said, she sprayed him with pepper spray, ending the assault and allowing her and at least one of the witnesses to drive away.

On May 10, three days after an alleged shooting incident near the intersection of Chesnut and Campbell streets involving a bus stop, officers arrested Quade Tyrone Scott-Simpson, 20, of Carlos Street, Camden, for discharging a firearm into a dwelling. Around 2:30 p.m. May 7, officers received multiple shots fired calls where a child had just gotten off a bus. A small black car with at least two subjects inside drove up behind the bus and began shooting at some men waiting there. No one was injured. The updated report of the case shows, but does not disclose any details of, Scott-Simpson’s arrest except that a warrant was served at the Kershaw County Detention Center.

Following a traffic stop on West DeKalb Street around 2 p.m. May 9, officers arrested a 55-year-old Camden man for receiving stolen goods (a stolen tag affixed to the mini-van he was driving), driving under suspension, possession of crack cocaine and possession of contraband (the crack cocaine, which was discovered while being booked at the detention center).

Camden officers also dealt with other incidents involving breach of trust, driving under suspension, communicating threats, counterfeiting/forgery, harassment, obscene/harassing phone calls, possession of drug paraphernalia, and third-degree assault.

(The Camden Police Department provides reports under the S.C. Freedom of Information Act. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.)