Crime Beat

  • Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Strong Arm Robbery

An 18-year-old Ladson man reported that two unknown black males jumped him as he was walking home from an area convenience store. The complainant said he went out about 10:30 to buy a cigarette lighter and as he was waking along Margaret Drive near Lexi Lane, the two subjects approached him, asked him for a cigarette, and when he looked down to get one, they started punching him in the face. The complainant said they took him to the ground and demanded that he empty his pockets.

A car turned onto the street, however, and scared the subjects away.

The complainant said both subjects appeared to be about his age and were wearing shorts; one was wearing a striped shirt.

Traveling cash

A deputy working I-95 near St. George pulled a car for an improper lane change. He obtained verbal consent from the driver to search the vehicle and soon found a black suitcase containing a large amount of cash.

DEA arrived on the scene and took over the investigation.

Not quite the welcome wagon…

A deputy responded to a call about a break-in at a residence on Cedar Grove Drive in North Charleston. When he arrived, he made contact with an unknown black male subject who told the deputy he was trying to get into his home because his girlfriend had locked him out.

The deputy asked for the subject’s name, to which the subject replied, “Am I being detained?” When the deputy said no, the subject took off running toward Ashley Phosphate Road.

The deputy then made contact with the complainant, who immediately asked the deputy, “Did you lock his a** up?” When the deputy told her the subject ran, she demanded that the deputy leave the residence. She further stated that she would be calling 911 every time the subject showed up at the residence.

Wire fraud

A Summerville woman told police she had met a man online at backpages.com, and he had told her he had a business helping others start businesses. She gave her him checking account number. Four checks, totaling more than $6,000 were deposited in her account. The man then asked her to send money to Connecticut via Western Union and she wired $5,880. Her bank later contacted her because her account had insufficient funds. She tried to call the man but he wouldn’t answer the phone, and when an officer called the person answering claiming the officer had the wrong number.

Bad choices

Police were called to Benton Lodge Road by several people who saw a white male lying in the grass with a shirt over his head. The officer observed a “nauseating odor” of alcohol coming from the person, according to the incident report. The officer yelled “hey bud” several times but was unable to wake the man, so the officer rubbed the man’s sternum. Once the man awoke he became defiant and called the officer some obscenities, then started calling the officer “Randy.” The officer placed the man in the back seat of his patrol car, at which point the man “became apologetic” and said “he made a bad choice.” The man was cited for public intoxication and a roommate picked him up from the police station.

Armed robbery

A man told police that he had been approached outside his apartment at 703 E. 3rd North St. by two men who pulled handguns and demanded everything he had. The man said he tried to hide his wallet by dropping it under a nearby car, but one of the suspects saw it. The man told police he grabbed the man reaching for the wallet but got hit in the head with the butt of one of the guns. He said he fell to the ground and the men continued to hit and kick him. He said the men got away with $600 in cash, a debit card and the keys to his truck. He said he saw the men running toward the Meadowbrook or Lincolnville area.

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