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Man who told police thugs were chasing him charged with burglary

  • Thursday, February 28, 2013

Summerville officers speak with 42-year-old Aaron Michael Moore before his arrest on Monday afternoon. JIM TATUM

A Summerville man who told officers several men were trying to kill him is in jail charged with burglary.
According to a Summerville Police Department incident report, an officer on patrol around 5 p.m. Monday saw a man stumbling in the roadway in front of a house located at 513 East Richardson Avenue.  The officer stopped and asked if the man needed assistance, to which he replied, “They’re going to kill me,” and ran toward the back of the house.
According to the officer caught up with the man in the back yard and escorted him away from the scene so that EMS could treat several lacerations on his hands and arms. After being informed of his Miranda Rights, the man, identified as 42-year-old Aaron Michael Moore of Summerville, waived his rights and told officers several suspects were chasing him because he owes his cousin fifty dollars. He said the suspects were trying to kill him but also said he never saw anyone with a weapon, according to the report.
As officers continued to interview the man, Moore’s answers became more evasive and he changed his story several times, telling officers that one of the suspects chased him to the residence at 513 East Richardson and that he was forced to break into the residence to escape, but while he was there he was only in one room and only touched a couple of items. However, evidence at the scene, including blood samples, showed that Moore had been in a number of rooms, according to the report. Also, footprints at the scene confirmed to be Moore’s were the only ones found at the scene, according to the report.
Moore also said he tried to call 911 from a phone in the residence but the phone did not work, however, there was no phone in the residence, according to the report.
SPD received no calls regarding a man being chased in that area, nor could officers locate any witnesses to corroborate that story.
Moore does have a DNA profile with law enforcement that was taken because of prior incarcerations, according to the report.
Officers arrested the man and charged him with second-degree burglary and transported him to the detention center at the Dorchester County Law Enforcement Annex where he was housed pending a bond hearing.
The investigation continues.

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