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Crime Snippets

Hitchhiker robbed at gunpoint for drug money

An armed robbery occurred on Sullivans Ferry Road near Cottageville last week when a hitchhiker was robbed by a man claiming to help him.
On Oct. 3rd, a man told deputies with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office that he was approached while walking down the road. It is unclear in the report if the man’s vehicle broke down, or why he was in need of a ride. The male victim told deputies that the male suspect approached him asked if he needed a ride. The male victim told authorities that the suspect was supposed to give him a ride to his house on Augusta Highway. During the drive, however, the victim says the suspect pulled a gun out of his waistband and pointed it at him, telling him to hand over his wallet and then get out of the truck.
The suspect then told the victim that he was going “to get dope, and needed money,” the report states. The incident report does not state that the suspect was identified or found. The victim told authorities he kept a “dummy wallet” on him, and handed that over, without any shots being fired.

Man threatens to injure woman, child
Deputies responded to a Walterboro house on Oct. 2nd when a woman’s ex-boyfriend and her son became involved in a domestic dispute. According to an incident report filed with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, the woman put her ex-boyfriend’s items in the yard for him to pick up. When the man arrived, he began making threats against her juvenile son and against her, the report states. The man said he would “be back later” to take care of her son, and that he was “not afraid of the police or prison.” The suspect is also a cocaine user, the report states. The sheriff’s office placed the woman’s house on direct patrol, and a deputy told her to call if she needed anything.

Stolen vehicle search ends in meth arrest
When a deputy went to a Ruffin residence last week to interview the suspect involved in the theft of an automobile, he immediately saw the stolen vehicle in the driveway of the suspect’s house with the suspect sitting behind the steering wheel. According to an incident report filed with the sheriff’s office, the deputy asked the suspect and a female passenger in the car to step out of the vehicle. The deputy then explained that the car was reported stolen. At this point, the female passenger said she needed to get her bag out of the car. Inside the bag, the deputy found 28 grams of meth, along with a glass pipe. The woman was taken into custody and charged with trafficking meth. It is unclear if the male driver was charged in connection with having the stolen car.

Man threatens to shoot woman, child
On October 2nd, deputies were called to a house along Ritter Road when a man fired a gun toward a victim. The victim told deputies that the suspect pointed a gun at them and said he will “spray the vehicle with the woman and child inside,” the report states. The victim, who has an ongoing dispute with the man, said she was trying to leave when the man fired a shot toward her. The woman then went to her grandmother’s house and called for help. A warrant for pointing and presenting a firearm will be filed against the male suspect, the report states.

Man fails to register as sex offender
Kevin J. Wynn is wanted for failing to register as a sex offender. On Sept. 23rd, the man failed to register as a sex offender, first-offense, by failing to provide law enforcement officers with a change of his address within 72 hours. This is a state law. According to a sheriff’s office incident report, Wynn was evicted on Sept. 19th from his house. As of Oct. 3rd, he had never regisetered or notified law enforcement of his new address. The suspect was given both a verbal and written notification of his registry requirements on August 27th.

Auto arson under investigation
On Oct. 1st, a deputy arrived on scene at 485 Merriel Road in Ruffin because a vehicle was found burned. The car was parked alongside Lowcountry Highway. The fire was extinguished when deputies arrived, and the license plate and VIN were removed. The case is being treated as an arson. There are no suspects listed in the report.

Man wanted for choking daughter, slamming wife to ground
A Colleton man is charged with second-degree domestic violence and third-degree assault and battery for assaulting his daughter and granddaughter. According to a sheriff’s office incident report, the complainant called 911 and said her daughter and granddaughter had been assaulted by the suspect. The suspect is accused of choking his juvenile daughter. When the girl’s mother tried to stop the assault, the man also assaulted the mother, slamming her to the ground and causing her to lose her breath, the report states. The man was not arrested on scene “due to the time that had elapsed from the incident in relation to law enforcement being notified,” the report states. The deputy said in his report that he was going to secure a warrant for the man for CDV, second-offense, and for assault. One of the victims was taken to Colleton Medical Center for an evaluation.

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