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Suspect puts sword to throat, threatens to take his own life

Suspect puts sword to throat, threatens to take his own life

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Holly Hill Police Department

Police were dispatched to a Bennett Circle residence for a domestic dispute at 7:50 p.m. on Nov. 4. Upon arrival the officer noticed several broken picture frames, a knife and a broken chair in the front yard.

The officer knocked several times on the front door but got no response. While police were waiting for back-up from the Sheriff’s Office, the victim pulled into the driveway. She said her husband was inside and he was highly intoxicated. The woman told police she left because of a heated argument with her husband after he accused her of having an affair. She said her husband threatened to harm her and had done so in the past. She said she left the residence to call police because she feared for her life.

When police entered the home, the subject was found standing in the living room with a sword to his throat. According to the report, he told them, “If you come any closer, I’m going to cut my throat!” Police engaged him in conversation to defuse the situation. When the subject began complaining of chest pains, EMS was called. He was transported to the Regional Medical Center for a mental evaluation. The doctor on duty advised that he would be committed.

The man was cited for first-offense criminal domestic violence, Police contacted the Orangeburg County victim’s advocate and advised her of the situation.

In other reports:

Police were dispatched to Second Chance Thrift Store on Old State Road at 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 5 after the owner reported the side window of the business had been broken out, apparently with a brick that was found by the window. The owner said nothing was taken from the store. She said she would have the window repaired.

Police were called to a Peake Street residence in reference to a burglary at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 5. The owner stated his family had been gone from June through October and had just returned home. When they got back, they noticed the door to the storage shed had been removed from its hinges. Missing from the shed were two vanities, a push mower, an MTD edger and a weed cutter; the items had a combined value of about $1,500.

Officers responded to a report of a burglary at a Doyle Street residence at 4 p.m. on Nov. 5. The complainant stated when he went to take one of his prescribed pain pills, he discovered they were missing.

Police found no sign of forced entry into the apartment. The renter told police he believed another resident who has keys to his apartment was responsible for stealing the pills. Police advised him to notify the apartment manager about the resident having keys to his apartment as well as to change his locks. Police attempted to speak with neighbors, but no one answered their door.

Police responded to a shooting that occurred in the front yard of a First Street residence at 11:05 p.m. on Nov. 5. The victim, who was unharmed, said he was in a verbal altercation with a man who pulled a weapon from his waistband and fired it at him. He told police where the suspect lived. The suspect was not at the location when police checked. Officers were able to locate the suspect’s work identification badge as well as the firearm. The victim’s description of the gun matched the one found in the home, and the suspect was positively identified by the victim as the shooter by the work identification badge, the report states. An NCIC check of the gun revealed it was stolen. Warrants were prepared for the arrest of the suspect for attempted murder, possession of a stolen firearm and felon in possession of a handgun.

Police responded to a call from IGA on Gardener Boulevard at 2:15 p.m. on Nov. 6 in reference to a forged check. The assistant manager told them that a male and a female had entered the store and approached a cashier about wanting to cash a check in the amount of $680.15. The female told the cashier she was the payee listed. However, she never produced any identification, providing only a driver’s license number.

The check was cashed; the following day, the bank returned it, saying it was bogus. After reviewing surveillance video and obtaining SCDMV photos, the suspects were identified by IGA employees. Police obtained a warrant for the woman’s arrest for forgery.

Police responded to a burglary call on Peake Street at 9:48 p.m. on Nov. 12. The complainant told police that after several thefts from her garage, she installed a motion sensor alarm and a wild game camera. When she heard the alarm sound, she exited her residence and went to the garage. She said a black male exited the garage and took off on foot.

An extension cord and clamp, worth $20, were missing, the report states. Officers located the stolen items in the yard next door where the suspect had dropped them while fleeing. The camera produced pictures that were printed out for police and placed in the case file. Officers searched the area for the suspect but were unable to locate him.

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