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Man assaults, spits on pregnant store employee

A male customer assaulted a pregnant woman at the Northside Pak A Sak on Sidneys Road near Walterboro on Feb. 28th. According to an incident report filed with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the gas station for an assault. When law enforcement officers arrived, paramedics were on scene with the victim, who is a pregnant woman. The woman had a cut on her shoulder, along with bruises. Deputies pulled the store’s video surveillance system and saw the suspect enter the store, “cut the line” of customers, threw money onto the counter and then began arguing with store employees. During this incident, the victim was getting change out of the safe under the counter. The suspect is seen leaving the store and then comes back and continues to argue with the victim. The suspect then leaned over the counter and spat at the victim: the spit hit the victim in her face, the report states. The victim then picked up a stapler off of the counter and threw it in the suspect’s direction. The stapler, the report states, did not strike the suspect, but the suspect picked up the stapler and “ran to the counter,” and threw the stapler at the victim. The woman ducked and was struck in the shoulder.
The suspect then left the business. Another store employee followed the suspect out of the store and was able to provide his vehicle information to authorities. The suspect is identified as a black man with a goatee-style beard with long dreadlocks and was wearing jeans and a sweatshirt. According to the victim, she was getting change when a customer entered the store and demanded to be helped. She told him to get in line and wait with the other customers. He then began arguing with the other customers and walked out. The woman said the man went into the parking lot and started to start fights with other customers before he walked back into the store to argue with her. The woman said she was afraid and was having “trouble calming down.” The woman initially refused medical transport to a hospital. The victim is pursuing charges against the suspect for third-degree assault and battery.

In other Colleton County crime news:

Teen repeatedly punches mother
A 16-year-old Round o teen is accused of repeatedly hitting his mother. According to an incident report filed with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, the mother and son were arguing when he punched her in the head. The son then took his mother’s cell phone, preventing her from calling for help. She told authorities that she followed him through the house, trying to get her phone back. When she went to his bedroom, he punched her in the face with a closed fist and she fell to the floor, the report states. The son then began choking her. The son then fled and the woman ran to a neighbor’s house and called 911. The woman’s 11-year-old daughter did “video” a part of the incident, the report states. The woman also said this is not the first time her son has abused her. The teen was sent to his grandmother’s house.

Toddler took into Emergency Protective Custody
A 1-year-old girl was taken into Emergency Protective Custody by Colleton County authorities last week.
An agent with the Department of Social Services (DSS) went to do a welfare check on the child, who was staying with her father. The agent reported to law enforcement officers that she could smell marijuana coming from the house and that the child was not allowed to be around her father unsupervised. The man then “grabbed the child” and “pushed her” toward the DSS agent. The man then fled on foot. Neither of the girl’s parents is allowed to be around her without supervision due to an ongoing DSS investigation. The agent also told officers that the girl had been “passed around family members,” and each time she was given back to the parents without supervision. The parents have also missed their recent drug-testing appointments. The child was then taken into EPC and left with DSS.

Mailbox shot
Law enforcement officers were called to a residence in Islandton on Feb. 27th about a mailbox being shot. According to an incident report filed with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, the complainant told deputies with the sheriff’s office that he found his mailbox damaged on Monday. His personal mailbox and a newspaper mailbox were both damaged and were each shot. The man said two months ago, an unknown person also “tore up” the dirt road, which runs alongside the mailboxes. The responding deputy noted in his report that the gun used would have likely been a .410. No other information about this incident was available.

Round O residence burglarized
Law enforcement officers are investigating a burglary that occurred at a Round O residence on Feb. 26th. According to a sheriff’s office incident report, the caretaker for the property noticed that two windows on the side of a shed had been shattered. A John Deere 4X2 Gator and a John Deere 5300 tractor were missing. Both the gator and the tractor were found bogged down in the mud, in a field adjacent to the property. Both of the stolen items were returned to the owner’s property and photos of the damage done to the shed were taken. There are no suspects listed in the incident report.

Thief caught on camera stealing nearly $30,000 in items
A suspected thief was caught on camera taking things from a Walterboro residence.
According to an incident report filed with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to a Walterboro-area residence on Feb. 25th when the victims said their Conex containers were being repeatedly broken into. The victims/owners had installed cameras and had caught the suspect stealing on several different occasions. The responding deputy was able to identify the suspect based on “previous incidents” that the deputy had had with the suspect, the report states. The victims said the suspect has been stealing from their property since December of 2019. The stolen items include a toolbox; various tools; an air compressor; batteries; various lawn care items, including a weedeater; a ladder; hand tools; and rolls of copper wire. All of the alleged taken items are valued at between $20,000 and $30,000, according to information provided by the victims. The responding deputy spoke to the suspect, and the man admitted to taking the copper wire. The man then took the deputy to the wire, which was located behind a camper in his back yard. The man was arrested and charged with grand larceny and second-degree burglary. Investigators with the sheriff’s office also responded to the suspect’s property and located multiple stolen items that had been taken from the victims. The property was recovered.

Woman wanted for trespassing to state park for showers
Law enforcement officers were called to the Colleton County State Park on March 1st about a woman bringing her children to the park to take a shower and use the restrooms. According to an incident report filed with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, a park ranger at the state park called the sheriff’s office. It said he is concerned about repeated actions happening at the state park. According to his statements to law enforcement, a woman had repeatedly brought “a large number of children” to the state park from the Eagle’s Campground, which is located across the highway from the state park. The woman is driving an SUV with a Florida tag. She comes to the park when the state park is closed and walks to the shower facilities. The complainant also told law enforcement officers that he is concerned about the welfare of the children. According to the incident report, the woman was not located at the campground. When found, she will be on trespass notice for the state park.

Colleton church is burglarized
A Colleton County church was broken into, but nothing was seemingly taken during the illegal entry. The incident occurred on March 1st when the caretaker for Little Swamp Baptist Church on Lodge Highway noticed a screen window had been cut. An unknown suspect opened and unlocked the church window and went inside, according to an incident report filed with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office. Items were “disturbed,” and the deputy stated in his statement that the suspect appears to have been searching for something “of value,” the report says. The damaged window screen will cost the church $50 to replace, the report states. There is no known suspect at this time.

Kids call cops when dad assaults mom
Children called 911 on March 1st when their father reportedly assaulted their mother. According to a Colleton County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies responded to a disconnected 911 phone call. Dispatchers with the Colleton County 911-Emergency Center said they believed they could hear a child on the other end, but had no additional information. A deputy responded to the Cottageville-area house, where a man met him on the front porch and told him everything was fine. He said a child was playing with the phone. The man also appeared to be intoxicated, the deputy noted in his report. The deputy left the house, only to be alerted to a second 911-call from the home. This time, the deputy reported he could hear an argument happening between a man and a woman. The man again came to the door and said there was “no issue;” however, a woman came toward the deputy and said the suspect had grabbed her by the throat and pushed her to the floor. The man did not let go of her throat until a child entered the room; she told the deputy. The woman had visible redness to her throat, and she admitted to scratching his neck, trying to get him off of her. The man was arrested for second-degree criminal domestic violence and was taken to jail.

Man leads Colleton cops on high-speed chase
Deputies were involved in a high-speed chase last week along McLeod Road and near Interstate 95 in Walterboro. According to a Colleton County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a deputy on routine patrol on March 3rd spotted a vehicle matching the description of a stolen vehicle. When the deputy tried to stop that vehicle, the driver refused and accelerated to a “high rate of speed.” The driver continued to flee from the deputy, even running a stop sign and then passing a school bus. The suspect then turned onto I-95 and began to increase to speeds of 100 mph, the report states. Meanwhile, dispatchers were able to confirm that the vehicle was stolen and also had several guns inside. The deputy stopped the pursuit when speeds reached 100 mph, citing wet roads and his not having any other units with him for support, the report states. S.C. Highway Patrol and Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office were both notified of the stolen vehicle and of which direction the suspect was heading. No other information is available on this incident.

Motorcyclist caught speeding in excess of 100 mph
A motorcyclist was arrested for reckless driving on Feb. 28th when he was caught passing a school at speeds in excess of 100 mph. According to an incident report filed with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were notified of a motorcyclist that had just passed Hendersonville Elementary School at a high rate of speed, and that the motorcyclist was headed toward Walterboro. The deputy then spotted the motorcyclist and saw him pass several vehicles. The motorcyclist was over 100 mph in a 55-mph speed zone, the report states. The driver admitted to the deputy that he knew he was speeding. He was charged with reckless driving and was taken to jail.

Cottageville house shot at
A house on Rehoboth Road in Cottageville was damaged during a recent drive-by shooting.
According to a Colleton County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies were called to the house on Feb. 27th when several shots were fired into an occupied dwelling. The victims said they heard “loud noises” and then realized their home had been shot at, the report states. This is the second time that the house has been shot during a drive-by shooting, according to the report. The first incident occurred two months ago. No one was injured; however, deputies did locate four spent shotgun cartridges along and on the driveway. This case is under investigation.

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