Crime beat

  • Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Wrong turn…
Officers responded to a call about a homeowner holding an unknown subject at gunpoint in his garage.
As it turned out, the complainant found the subject sitting in his car in the complainant’s garage, which he had entered by somehow driving his car through a wall. 
The complainant said he was awakened by the sound of a loud crash, went to investigate, and found the subject trying to back out of the complainant’s garage. The subject had not only crashed through the wall but had hit the complainant’s vehicle, which was initially parked in the driveway, but was now apparently parked in the house.
The complainant, who was armed, then ordered the subject to stay where he was until law enforcement arrived.
The officer transported the subject to the Dorchester County Detention Center.
Suspicious fire
A Summerville woman reported that she heard smoke alarms blaring from a vacant house across the street from hers and called the sheriff’s office. She said the residence is unoccupied and the owners are doing some renovations to it.
Officers arriving on the scene saw smoke coming from the back of the house and waited for the fire department to arrive. Firefighters from Old Fort Fire Department arrived on the scene and made entry through the front door and quickly brought it under control.
The firefighters noted that it appeared that someone forced entry to the residence through a rear window and may have set the fire.
The owner of the residence said he has been remodeling the home to sell it and no one was in it that day, to his knowledge, nor does he have any idea of who might have caused the fire.
Officers canvassing the area were unable to locate any witnesses. The fire is under investigation by the Old Fort Fire Department.
Road rage
A Summerville woman reported that she was driving down Mendenhall Road in the South Point subdivision near Summerville when a silver Toyota ran a stop sign and almost ran into her. She said she had to slam on brakes to avoid getting hit and that she also pointed to the stop sign the driver had just disregarded, only to see a passenger in the rear of the Toyota give her the finger.
She said she followed the car to get the license plate and was able to photograph it. However, the passenger, a white male in his twenties got out of the car and told her since she was taking pictures he was going to take pictures of her and brandished his cell phone.
A second passenger, a white female with blond hair, told the complainant she was going to “whoop that a**” and called the complainant a “stupid b***.”
The Toyota then turned onto Hwy 78 west and left the area.
The complainant stated that she believes there is a need for more traffic enforcement in the neighborhood to reduce aggressive driving.

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