by The Press and Standard | May 2, 2019 5:00 pm
Last Updated: May 2, 2019 at 9:24 am
ATV driver faces multiple charges
A Walterboro man was stopped by a city police officer on April 29 for riding an all-terrain vehicle on a city street — then turned out the ATV wasn’t his.
The city officer reportedly spotted the man riding the ATV on Church Street. He got behind the ATV, noticed that it didn’t have a license plate tag and stopped the ATV on Wichman Street.
A computer check determined that the ATV driver was under a license suspension.
The officer then reportedly noticed that the ignition switch for the ATV was missing and the vehicle had been hot-wired.
As the suspect exited the ATV, a revolver reportedly fell out of his shorts.
The incident resulted in the arrest of Tyheem D. Lewis, 23, of Walterboro on charges of unlawful carrying of a handgun, driving while under suspension, habitual traffic offender and operating an unlicensed vehicle.
Two incidents=five charges for man
Back-to-back incidents on April 19 translated into five charges for a Walterboro man.
A Walterboro police officer was initially dispatched to the 700 block of North Jefferies Boulevard to begin the investigation of a kidnapping allegation.
As the officer was on his way to Jefferies Boulevard, he was advised that the suspect and two victims were still in the vehicle and headed out of town on Hampton Street.
The officer then learned that the motor vehicle was now in the 100 block of Lewis Street and that the suspect was no longer in the vehicle.
The officer went to Lewis Street to interview the victims.
They told the officer that the suspect got into the vehicle near the intersection of North Jefferies Boulevard and Bells Highway. The driver, acquainted with the man, asked him where he wanted to go. He told her the 400 block of Witsell Street.
As the driver prepared to turn onto Sweat Street, the victims said, the man allegedly began yelling at both victims, pulled a handgun and told them to take him to Jacksonboro.
The woman turned onto Wichman Street as the suspect reportedly continued to threaten the other occupants of the car, allegedly saying he would kill them if the driver stopped the car.
The female passenger was on her phone with emergency dispatch. When they reached the intersection of Wichman Street and Francis Street, the passenger informed the suspect she had been on the line with dispatchers. He said he did not care. Then the driver abruptly stopped her vehicle, causing the suspect to fall out of the vehicle.
While that officer was obtaining the information from the two victims, another patrolman was responding to a burglary-in-progress call on Hampton Street.
A man was reportedly attempting to break into the Rock of Ages C.M.E. Church at 1103 Hampton St.
As the officer arrived at the church, someone in a group of people standing on the other side of Hampton Street yelled to the suspect, “You better stop, the police are right there.”
The officer observed a black male at the front door of the church, reportedly using a tool to try and pry open the doors. It was the same man who had been involved in the kidnaping attempt.
The man was taken into custody and placed in a cruiser. He reportedly refused to answer any questions. A witness said the man reportedly took a set of hedge trimmers from a neighboring yard and was using them to try and get into the church.
The suspect, Steven L. Boatwright, 35, of Walterboro, was then transported to the Colleton County Detention Center and booked on a charge of malicious injury to a place of worship.
Later he was also charged with two counts of kidnapping and two counts of pointing and presenting a firearm in connection with the earlier incident.
When he appeared in Walterboro Municipal Court for a bond hearing, Boatwright had bond set at $50,000 on the kidnapping charges, $20,000 on the pointing and presenting charges and $7,500 on the malicious injury charge.
Truck taken from residence
A resident of Barracada Road contacted the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office the morning of April 28 after finding that his truck had disappeared overnight.
The man said his family left the residence the evening of April 27 to view the Rice Festival fireworks display and the green 2003 Peterbilt truck was still parked in a field.
The next morning the man reported the truck was no longer there.
A member of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a Green Pond Highway home the afternoon of April 25 after the resident returned home to find a burglar had targeted her.
The woman said she had left home at 9:45 a.m. and when she returned shortly before 2:30 p.m., she discovered that someone had entered the home through the front door.
Gone were three televisions valued at $2,200, jewelry worth $3,200, two vacuum cleaners worth $550, a $400 handgun, a $500 iPad and medication.
St. George man arrested
A St. George man was arrested on three charges the afternoon of April 23 when the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office was called to Edisto Recyclers at 18001 Round O Rd., Round O.
The sheriff’s office was called to the business at 4:29 p.m. because three men were attempting to sell approximately $1,250 in copper pipe that was believed to be stolen from a St. George job site.
Deputies noticed the aroma of marijuana coming from the vehicle occupied by three St. George men and asked them to exit the vehicle.
Near the rear seat that had been occupied by one of the men, the officers reportedly found a cigarette pack that contained powdered cocaine. On the floor hear the rear seat, a handgun was reportedly found.
The incident resulted in the arrest of Akeem D. Kitt, 20, of St. George on charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, unlawful carrying of a pistol and receiving/possession of stolen property.