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by The Press and Standard | July 27, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: July 27, 2016 at 3:29 pm
Armed robbers leave something behind
A Colleton County Sheriff’s Office deputy, making his second visit to Fontainebleau Road the afternoon of July 22, found the car he had been chasing earlier.
A call for assistance sent the deputy towards Yemassee — a man had been robbed at gunpoint while on Green Pond Highway. Part of emergency dispatch’s broadcast of the incident included a description of the suspects’ car. Law enforcement was looking for a gray Dodge Charger.
While headed to interview the victim, the deputy spotted a car matching the description on Green Pond Highway, heading toward Walterboro.
As the deputy turned his vehicle around to stop the car, the driver sped up. The officer lost sight of the fleeing vehicle near Green Pond Highway and Poor Farm Road.
He spent a few minutes checking the area for a sign of the car before resuming his trip to talk to the victim.
The robbery victim told the deputy he was about to enter a business when a black man, armed with a handgun, ordered him into the Charger where two other suspects awaited.
The driver pulled onto Green Pond Highway and one of the passengers told the victim to turn over his money. He handed over $100 in cash and his handgun.
The suspects then ordered the man to out of the car near the intersection of Green Pond Highway and Ritter Road.
After interviewing the victim, the deputy returned to the area where he had lost sight of the fleeing vehicle.
Back on Fontainebleau Road for a second time, the officer spotted a car parked near the wood line and tire tracks leading off the road and into the woods.
Peering into the woods, he spotted the gray Dodge Charger, tipped over on the passenger side.
The three suspects weren’t in the car, but the deputy found the $100 cash and handgun taken from the robbery victim.
The occupants of the car had also left behind another $268 in cash and a bag of marijuana.
The investigation continues.
Traffic stop results in weapon arrests
A member of Colleton County Sheriff’s Office was on routine patrol July 25 at 1:28 a.m. when he pulled a motorist over following a minor traffic offense.
During the interview with the occupants of the vehicle, the officer reportedly received permission to search the vehicle.
Inside, the officer reportedly found a handgun. A computer check determined the weapon had been reported stolen, allegedly one of 21 weapons taken in a previous burglary.
One of the occupants of the vehicle, Jeffery Priester, 18, of 162 Wolfe Creek Road, reportedly claimed ownership of the handgun and was taken into custody on a charge of receiving/possessing stolen property.
Another computer check determined that the other occupant, Tyrone Lamel Choice, 23, of 180 Mable T. Willis Blvd., Apt. 603, was on probation and not allowed to be in possession of a weapon. He was taken into custody on a probation violation.
Members of the Walterboro Police Department were called to One Main Financial at 452 Bell’s Highway July 25 at 12:35 a.m. to check on the business.
Officers found that the glass in the business’ door had been broken. A sweep of the building determined that no one was inside.
Representatives of the business arrived and checked the interior, reporting that an undetermined amount of money was missing.
The sheriff’s office was called to a home on Sidneys Road the afternoon of July 23 when a dispute ended in gunfire.
A man at the home told the deputy he had been in the front yard of the home with family and friends when a car pulled up.
A man who was involved with a dispute with the victim, got out of the car armed with a piece of pipe.
As the suspect approached, the man said he went to the bed of his truck to obtain a crowbar to defend himself.
The victim said he heard his assailant claim that he was getting a firearm out of the truck bed.
He turned and said he saw the other man pulling a handgun from his back pocket and beginning to point it at him.
The victim said he ran for cover. The other man fired off two shots in his direction, one of the bullets hitting another person’s vehicle.
The assailant then ran back to his vehicle while firing off another shot. He got into his car and fled.
The deputy found three spent shell casings on the ground and photographed the damage to the vehicle caused by the bullet.
Man claims truck hit by gunfire
Members of the Walterboro Police Department were sent to a gas station in the 3300 block of Robertson Boulevard July 23 at 8:51 p.m., responding to a clerk at the business reporting an argument that ended in gunfire.
When the officers arrived, the people supposedly involved in the incident were gone. The clerk told the deputies a white man had been involved in an altercation with several black males both inside and outside the business. The dispute had centered around a flag the man had displayed on his truck — police did not specify what type of flag.
The clerk said once the argument made its way outside, she heard gunshots but didn’t know who was doing the shooting.
Emergency dispatch contacted the officers. The truck owner had called 911, claiming that his truck had been damaged by the gunshots and the suspects had fled the business in two vehicles, headed toward Francis Street.
According to dispatchers, numerous attempts to have him file a police report were unsuccessful and he reportedly told dispatchers he was going to retaliate.