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County Crime Report - May 24, 2019
Man charged after workplace incident, vehicle chase
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Deputies arrested a 30-year-old Maurice Latrelle Fowler, of Bishopville Highway, on several charges following an incident at his workplace and a vehicle chase involving a motorcycle on May 9.

According to a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) incident report, a deputy responded to Mancor on U.S. 601 South in Lugoff because Fowler was refusing to leave the plant. Dispatchers told the deputy Fowler, a Mancor employee, also had a pistol and was getting angry at fellow employees. A short time later, dispatchers advised that Fowler had left on a motorcycle.

As the deputy approached the area, they spotted a black Harley-Davidson motorcycle leaving the plant and saw Fowler fail to use a signal to turn onto U.S. 601 toward I-20. The deputy -- who knew that Fowler did not have a motorcycle license -- positively identified him as they passed each other. The deputy activated their blue lights and siren, but Fowler reportedly increased speed and continued on to I-20 eastbound toward Camden. Once Fowler reached Exit 98, the deputy reported, he exited onto U.S. 521, headed north and then turned right on to Black River Road.

According to the report, Fowler briefly entered the Black River Shell property, but then took off in an attempt to go back down U.S. 521 toward I-20 again. However, he lost control and the motorcycle’s rear wheel struck the left front of another deputy’s patrol car, causing him to fall to the ground with the motorcycle on the shoulder in front of the gas station.

At that point, deputies arrested Fowler and searched him, finding a blunt wrapper containing a small amount of marijuana. A check of the motorcycle tag revealed it was suspended. After a third deputy transported Fowler to jail pending charges, the reporting deputy went back to Mancor to speak to the manager. She said Fowler was being fired for insubordination when he became angry and was informed he needed to leave the plant. Fowler then reportedly asked the manager for a bag he had brought to the plant. When it was retrieved, Fowler allegedly opened it up to reveal black pistol with a magazine in it. The deputy reported the magazine did contain six 9 mm rounds, but that the pistol came back clear.

Later that day, deputies charged Fowler with failing to stop for blue lights, not having a motorcycle license, and simple possession of marijuana.

The KCSO also reported the following recent incidents:

A deputy arrested Kyle Phillips for breaking into automobiles after being dispatched to a location on the 1800 block of Jefferson Davis Highway in east Camden on May 6. According to the KCSO, Phillips allegedly tried to break into a black Nissan Altima parked in front of Bill’s Kitchen and then did enter a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix in front of The Shady Lady. After realizing that witnesses there were calling 911, Phillips allegedly ran across Jefferson Davis Highway and through at yard onto 1st Street. Thanks to a tip from a resident, deputies found Phillips behind a carport and took him into custody. In addition to the breaking into a motor vehicle charge, deputies also arrested him on an outstanding warrant for grand larceny. He was later released from jail on $20,000 bond; he also has other charges pending from cases involving him from January and April.

Two women allegedly assaulted a third woman in separate incidents at the East Camden Private Lounge on Jefferson Davis Highway on the night of May 6. In the first incident, a 38-year-old woman allegedly tried to punch the victim. As they did so, the victim turned and the woman struck her in the back of the head. The victim defended herself with a beer bottle and took her assailant to the ground, managing to take away a set of brass knuckles from the suspect. Approximately 10 minutes later, the victim said she was attacked by the other woman, who she said jumped on her. Kershaw County Clerk of Court records show the 38-year-old was later charged with third-degree assault. It could not be determined if the second woman was charged.

Sometime on or before May 7, someone burglarized a home on Teal Road in Cassatt where a woman had recently moved out and stole a number of items. Two grills, some military items belonging to the victim’s husband, weed trimmer, box of clay (skeet) targets, box of 12 gauge shotgun shells and a box of toys were among the items listed as stolen. Someone also went through a van being kept on the property and stole a motorcycle/ATV jack and smashed the front windshield.

The KCSO is looking for the man who may be responsible for breaking into cars at Hough’s Garage on 2nd Street in east Camden on May 9. According to report, the business caught the man on surveillance footage in front of the business opening vehicles and going through several of their center consoles and glove boxes. The suspect appeared to be a white male with a short haircut, and using his shirt to hide his fingerprints when opening car doors.

Members of a church on Smyrna Road near Elgin reported noticing that the temperature in the church kept warming up during a service on May 5 and that the air would not turn on after changing the setting on the thermostat. After the church service, some members went to check the air conditioning unit and found that it had been tampered with by removing some its parts.

Someone broke into a pair of sheds at a Bristlecone Lane, Elgin, residence on or before May 8 and stole a pressure washer; powered edger; two tool bags containing a circular saw, sawzall, drill and drill bits; two gas powered edgers; a weed trimmer; and an electric edger. The victim also reported that some solar lights around one of the sheds were damaged.

Someone set fire to a scarecrow set up in the front yard of a Jones Road home near the town of Kershaw on May 4. The owner said the scarecrow was not near anything that should have caused it to catch fire.

Someone stole two security cameras from Whiting Way Self Storage in Lugoff and cut the wire to a camera by the business office and pointed it downward on or before May 8.

Sometime between 2:30 and 3:30 a.m. May 9, someone stole a blue 2002 Dodge Durango from the driveway of a Wildwood Lane, Lugoff home.

Someone stole a white, dual-axle motorcycle trailer with diamond plating from a Sayrle Lane, Elgin home on or before May 8.

Someone stole a 9mm handgun out of a bedroom in a Dixon Road home near Elgin on May 6.

County deputies also dealt with recent cases involving breach of peace, breach of trust, larceny, malicious injury to property, marijuana possession, road rage, scam, second-degree burglary, third-degree assault and battery, and third-degree domestic violence.

(KCSO reports are provided under the S.C. Freedom of Information Act. Subjects are considered innocent until proven guilty.)