Crime Beat

  • Thursday, May 8, 2014

Little birdie told him

Summerville Police Department responded to a call regarding vandalism on April 24 in the Martins Creek subdivision.

The 17-year-old victim told officers he arrived home at 9 p.m. He then received a photo tagging him on Twitter from the suspect, another juvenile. It said “cute truck … come outside.” The victim said he went outside to look at his truck and noticed two long scratches on each of his front fenders. The victim said he believed the suspect, an acquaintance, was responsible for the damage because of the photo he posted on Twitter. The suspect and the victim exchanged words earlier in the evening, the victim told the officer. The damage was estimated at $200.

Hit and run

Summerville Police Department responded to a situation across the hall at Summerville Fire Department on April 21.

The victim was found on the SFD front driveway, where he was sitting with a blue towel over his forehead. The victim had large amounts of blood on his shirt and face caused by a large, deep cut above his left eye.

According to the victim’s wife, who was with him, she was with her husband at a job site on W. 2nd North Street. While getting ready to work the suspect, a bald, black male who the couple is acquainted with approached the victim and said the victim owed him money.

The victim clarified the suspect was unhappy with a repair job he performed for him and wanted his money back. Then the suspect hit the victim, knocking him to the ground, and hit him on the head with the handle of a large cleaning tool.

The suspect fled the scene in a tan SUV.

Man found dead near fire

On April 28 Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a fire in St. George. A small patch of woods had caught on fire near 3123 Wire Road.

Fire personnel informed the deputy an unresponsive male was found in the area of woods on fire. EMS confirmed the victim was dead. The deputy secured the crime scene and called the coroner.

DCSO made contact with the complainant, who said he was driving down the road when he noticed the fire.

When he couldn’t make contact with anyone inside the nearby residence he called 911.

Neighbors on watch

Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office was sent to Brailsford Blvd. in Summerville for a burglary.

The victim said he left his home at 6:30 a.m. on April 29 and when he returned home at 9 p.m. that night found his back door kicked in and the residence disturbed. An RCA Camcorder and Cannon camera were discovered stolen. The victim said two weeks earlier his lawn mower was stolen from his shed, although he did not report the theft.

A neighbor reported to police he witnessed the burglary and identified a suspect. The responding officer asked other neighbors if they witnessed anything, to which they answered no, although their dogs had been barking at the victim’s yard around 11:30 a.m.

Father-son fight

A juvenile male was arrested on April 30 for assaulting his father on April 28.

The father/victim called the police on April 28 for the assault. According to the victim the suspect, his son, came to his Quail Arbor home to retrieve his dog.

As the victim attempted to get the dog the suspect used his elbow to break the side door glass and gain entry. The victim attempted to lock himself in his bedroom but the suspect forced the door open.

The suspect punched the victim at least five times in the face, according to the victim, and attempted to knee him in the face. The suspect demanded money from the victim, who gave him $30.

After the suspect left the residence the victim went to the suspect’s mother’s home, where the suspect resides, to tell her what happened and call 911.

The victim said he did want to press charges and the suspect was arrested at a local high school two days later.

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