Bamberg Police Department
A Bamberg man wanted on a warrant is still at large after fleeing from police.
On the night of Sept. 15, Bamberg dispatch received a call that two subjects were parked in the road in front of their residence, believed to have drugs, and one of the subjects was wanted on a warrant. Upon checking, dispatch advised officers that the male subject did have an active warrant. Bamberg units and a county deputy were clearing up a call and headed to the Elm Street address.
The officers observed a white pickup truck parked on the lawn by the curb when they arrived, and there were several subjects standing in the yard itself. The city unit pulled up in front of the truck, partially blocking the front of the truck, and the county deputy parked at its rear and turned on his blue lights. When the city officers were exiting their vehicle to make contact with the truck, all of a sudden, one officer had to move out of the way due to the truck going into gear, going around the police car and tearing out of the driveway.
The vehicle sped off at a high rate of speed, running over a monument in the yard, striking the mailbox and tearing it up out of the ground. A female subject yelled that it was her vehicle, and the male suspect was driving it. Due to the male suspect’s reckless disregard for the public, and the officers knowing who the suspect was, they chose not to pursue a chase. Dispatch was advised, and a BOLO was put out to the surrounding area to be on the lookout for the vehicle.
The officers then spoke with the female subject, who stated that she had picked up the suspect the night before and gave him something to eat and to wear. She said she told the suspect that she had to go to the Elm Street address and drop off a cell phone and then go get groceries. She also said that she drove to the residence, got out to drop off the phone and left the suspect in the passenger seat. When the officers pulled up is when he took off in her truck, and no one else was inside. Several attempts were made to locate the suspect, resulting in negative contact.
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Warrants for driving under suspension, grand larceny, malicious injury to personal property and resisting arrest will be obtained. The suspect was last seen driving a 2007 white Dodge Ram pickup.
In other reports
• In an unrelated incident on Sept. 15, a complainant went into the police department in reference to more damage to a Black Avenue residence he owns. The complainant said that his son lives at the residence, and a male subject caused further damage by taking a butcher knife to the wall in the living room. The subject took an old glass insulator and knocked a hole in the wall, broke two pictures, two bedroom doors and a hallway wall. The subject also took a hatchet and broke the outer door frame of a door he reportedly broke the glass out of 10 days before.
Photos were taken of the damages. The resident was a witness to the damages and stated the subject had used crack cocaine prior to causing the damage. A warrant for malicious injury to real property will be sought.
• Units were dispatched to a Weimer Street residence in reference to an assault call on Sept. 21. Upon arrival, a female was out front with the residents of that live at the address and a male subject. The female victim stated that she and the subject had been inside a Snake Street residence drinking, everything was all right, then all of a sudden, he began fighting with her, striking her in her face. She said she had lost consciousness at some point. She told the officers the subject was still at the Snake Street address.
While waiting on EMS to come check the victim out due to her loss of consciousness, an officer made contact with the male subject, who confirmed the two had been drinking. The subject was given a citation for assault and battery and was advised not to go back to the property. The victim was taken to the emergency room, and the subject was escorted to his brother’s residence. However, approximately 10 to 15 minutes later while police were still on Weimer Street and speaking with someone on an unrelated matter, the subject returned, although he was advised not to return for the evening. Officers tried to get the subject to stop and comply with their verbal commands on Middle Street. The subject took off running, heading down another street and then into a wooded area.
An officer went back to Weimer Street to get the victim to fill out a written statement form after she returned from the hospital. The subject was back in front of the Weimer Street residence. A deputy with the sheriff’s office arrived to assist in case the subject decided to run again. The subject was placed under arrest without incident for resisting arrest/failure to comply.
Upon a search, the subject was found to have two steak knives in his front pants pockets and was charged with carrying a concealed weapon. He was then handcuffed and transported to jail.