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PRESS RELEASES – 2012

HIGH SPEED PURSUIT OF STOLEN VEHICLE ENDS IN CRASH

DECEMBER 17, 2012

DAVID DELGADO

     The driver of a stolen vehicle is in custody after crashing during a high speed Police chase Sunday afternoon.  Ridgeland Police working traffic on I-95 near the 24 mile marker South attempted to pull over a green 2000 Acura for speeding around 12 pm when the driver of the vehicle failed to stop and increased his speed. Officers were advised by dispatch that the vehicle was listed as stolen out of North Carolina. The suspect took exit 22 onto US 17 and continued traveling South at a high rate of speed and operating in a reckless manner and then got back on I-95 at the exit 18 area. The suspect swerved from lane to lane and struck a Police vehicle near the Crowfield Road overpass before approaching an area of congested traffic at which time he lost control of the vehicle and ran off the right shoulder striking the embankment causing the vehicle to overturn. The driver, David Tyler Delgado, 18 of 2604 Peabody Court in Nolensville, TN was taken into custody at the scene awaiting EMS arrival for a medical evaluation. Delgado was transported to the hospital, treated for his injuries and then released to Police before being transported to the Jasper County Detention Center and charged with Speeding, Failure to Stop for Blue Lights and Siren and Assault on a Police Officer with a Vehicle in addition to being held on Federal charges from the US Military.

FLORIDA MURDER SUSPECT APPREHENDED IN RIDGELAND

DECEMBER 12, 2012

NELSON VARGAS

     A Murder suspect from Florida was stopped and apprehended today by the Ridgeland ICE Team. Nelson Vargas, 26, of 2312 Haywood Court Maitland, FL was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Traverse on I-95 this morning around 9 a.m. when Officers observed him following too closely. The vehicle exited the interstate at exit 21 and was stopped at the McDonald’s parking lot where a check of the information provided by the driver revealed that his license was suspended and that he was a wanted fugitive out of Florida. Vargas was detained by Police without incident and was ultimately arrested after Florida authorities confirmed that he was wanted by Orange County for First Degree Murder, Aggravated Battery with a Firearm and Use of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony. Vargas was then transported to the Jasper County Detention Center and charged with Driving Under Suspension. He is also being held on a Fugitive from Justice Warrant and is currently awaiting extradition to Florida to face charges there.

TWO CHARGED WITH TRAFFICKING OXYCODONE

DECEMBER 6, 2012

                    ANTONIO HERNANDEZ-DIAZ                       BRUNILDA DE LA CARIDAD

     On December 4th, the Ridgeland Police Department ICE Team stopped a Chevrolet Cruze on Interstate 95 North near the 23 mile marker for following too closely and an improper lane change. Following a K-9 alert on the vehicle, Officers discovered 2 PVC pipes zip tied to the rear bumper. The pipes were removed and officers found approximately 2,000 Oxycodone pills inside one of the pipes. The driver of the vehicle, Antonio Hernandez Diaz, 45 and the passenger Brunilda De La Caridad, 47 both of 11208 NW 3rd Terrace Miami, FL, were arrested and charged with Trafficking Oxycodone. Both individuals were transported to the
Jasper County Jail and a bond has been set at $50,000.00 each.

TWO FLOWN TO SAVANNAH OVER HOLIDAY WEEKEND

NOVEMBER 24, 2012

     A single vehicle collision sends a Marion, SC man to the hospital. Marcus Dale Fladger, 25, of 5318 Sandhill Rd in Marion, SC was traveling North on Interstate 95 in a 2002 Ford Pick-up. Fladger, lost control of his vehicle around the 22 mile marker Friday afternoon striking the median guardrail then traveled across both lanes crashing into a tree. Police and Fire/Rescue personnel worked to keep traffic moving along I-95 during the holiday weekend. Police say that faulty equipment and speed were contributing factors in the crash. Fladger was flown by Lifestar to Savannah Memorial where he was treated for injuries.

     A Ridgeland man is in Critical Condition at Savannah Memorial following a single vehicle collision around 6:40 Friday evening. Milton Leroy Tyson, 48, of 139 Habersham Lane in Ridgeland was driving a 2003 Ford Focus when the collision occurred. Tyson, was traveling south on Frontage Road, his vehicle ran off the right shoulder, he overcorrected, lost control and struck a tree. Tyson was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. Corporal Tim East with the Ridgeland Police Department is investigating the collision and charges are still pending. The victim was flown by Lifestar to Savannah Memorial where he is being treated for his injuries.

RIDGELAND POLICE K9 “TONY” PASSES

NOVEMBER 20, 2012

TONY

1998 – 2012

     The Ridgeland Police Department is mourning the death of one of its K9 officers.   K9 Tony, a 14-year-old German/Dutch Shepherd, died at the home of his handler Corporal Chris Malphrus on Monday.

     As a full service dog, K9 Tony was assigned to the ICE team where he handled numerous K-9 related calls for service, leading to multiple arrests.  K9 Tony was trained to serve a variety of duties, including patrol, tracking, suspect apprehension, handler protection and drug detection.

     Over his career he was responsible for having several automobiles seized.  He also located a substantial amount of illegal drug money, over 1200 pounds of marijuana, 100 pounds of cocaine, 15 pounds of heroin and 5 pounds of methamphetamine.  He participated in building searches and made numerous public appearances to schools and community events.

     K9 Tony served the Ridgeland Police Department from September 2000 and was retired from service in December 2010.

MAN SHOT IN RIDGELAND

NOVEMBER 4, 2012

     Ridgeland Police responded to a call at Baytree Apartments after shots were fired shortly after 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning.  Officers arrived on scene within minutes and found Edward Laron Wright, 39, of 746 Shadetree Street in Ridgeland, lying on his back outside the apartments with several gunshot wounds.  When asked about the incident, the victim was uncooperative with officers.  The victim was flown to Savannah Memorial and treated for injuries and is currently listed in critical condition.

     Officers processed the crime scene and collected evidence and are looking for three suspects in a blue Jeep SUV in connection with the shooting.  Charges and arrests are pending further investigation.

     If you have any information that could assist in this investigation, you are asked to contactLieutenant D. Litchfield (843-726-7509) or Investigator C. McIntosh (843-717-1035) at the Ridgeland Police Department.

MAN STABBED AT LOCAL BAR

OCTOBER 20, 2012

RICHARD ETHRIDGE

     A Ridgeland man is being held at the Jasper County Jail on a charge of Attempted Murder in connection with a fight at Jasper’s Porch Friday evening.  Around 9 p.m. Ridgeland Police responded to a 911 call at 153 James L. Taylor Rd for a fight in progress.  Officers arrived on scene and made contact with the suspect, Richard Kelvin Etheridge, 48, of 10694 Grays Hwy Ridgeland, SC.  The victim, Shawn Wayne Williams, 38, of 1540 Plantation Dr. Hardeeville, SC, was discovered with stab wounds and lacerations.

     Etheridge and the victim had become involved in an altercation where Etheridge struck the victim in the head with a beer bottle and attacked him with a knife.  Etheridge was arrested on scene and transported to the Jasper County Jail where he was charged with Attempted Murder and Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon.

     The Victim was flown by Lifestar to Memorial Medical Center in Savannah and was treated for a head injury and a laceration to his abdomen and is currently listed in stable condition.

FATAL COLLISION

OCTOBER 12, 2012

     One person is dead following a two vehicle collision on Bees Creek Road at Grahamville Road Friday around 3:50 p.m.  Vonzell Jackson, 54, of 113 Heron Crossing Rd Apt 102 in Ridgeland, was operating his 2010 TaoTao Scooter when the collision occurred.  Angela F Stewart, 30, of 73 Scotts Pine Rd in Ridgeland, was driving a 2004 Mercury Mountaineer and failed to yield the right of way at the intersection causing the collision.

     The victim died instantly from injuries sustained during the collision.  Cpl Tim East of the Ridgeland Police Department is still investigating the collision and is awaiting the results of the Autopsy and Toxicology report to determine if there are other contributing factors in this collision.  Charges in this case will not be determined until after the investigation is completed.

TWO ARRESTED FOLLOWING EXECUTION OF SEARCH WARRANT

SEPTEMBER 22, 2012

                 MARVIN FULLER                                     WANDA CHANEYFIELD

     On Friday morning officers with the Ridgeland Police Department executed a search warrant at 60 Hagin Drive following an ongoing investigation into illegal drug activity. Police arrested two individuals after discovering cocaine, marijuana, and schedule II & IV narcotics in the residence. Wanda Chaneyfield, 24, and Marvin Fuller, 27, both of 60 Hagin Drive in Ridgeland were arrested at the residence and taken to the Jasper County Jail on separate charges. Chaneyfield was charged with Simple Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Cocaine and Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic. Fuller was charged with Distribution of Marijuana, Distribution of a Controlled Substance Near a School, Possession of Cocaine and Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic. Both are currently being held in the Jasper County Jail.

BICYCLIST STRUCK BY VEHICLE

SEPTEMBER 8, 2012

     A Ridgeland man is in good condition after being struck by a vehicle Friday afternoon.  Wilmer Allison Tuten, 52, of 3268 Smiths Crossing Road in Ridgeland, failed to yield that right of way while crossing US 17 on his bicycle.  Kerrie Lynn Prince, 38, of 107 Stockfarm Road in Ridgeland, was driving a 2004 Saturn when the bicycle was struck around 2:50PM.  Tuten was ejected from the bike during the collision.  Tuten was treated on the scene by EMS and flown to Memorial Medical Center in Savannah.

     Officer David Swinehamer with the Ridgeland Police Department is investigating the collision.  At this time no charges have been filed.

COUNTERFEIT CURRENCY IN RIDGELAND

SEPTEMBER 5, 2012

     The Ridgeland Police Department would like to inform business owners of the existence of counterfeit currency in circulation. Over the last week, several reports of counterfeit currency have been passed at various restaurants and gas stations in Ridgeland.   In most counterfeit cases the person purchases and inexpensive item in order to get the maximum amount of real money as change.

The public is urged to be vigilant and exercise caution when accepting currency from any source, and should closely examine the specified security features. For additional identification features of U.S. Currency, refer to website: www.secretservice.gov

No one should try to detain a person trying to use counterfeit money. However, store owners and employees need to provide as much information as possible about the person and vehicle the person may be using. Vehicle descriptions, license plate numbers, clothing and physical descriptions are examples of the information needed by law enforcement. Any suspicious currency should be reported immediately to the nearest Law Enforcement Agency or by calling 911.

REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED FOR VOYEURISM

SEPTEMBER 4, 2012

DANIEL P. VAN NOSTRAND

     Ridgeland Police responded to a suspected Peeping Tom in the Northridge subdivision around 7:20 Tuesday morning.  Officers were given a detailed description of the suspect.  When officers arrived on scene the suspect was in the back yard of the victim’s home and was detained.

     The victim told police that she was taking a bath and saw a cell phone camera in the corner of her bathroom window.  She went to the front door and flagged down her neighbor getting in her car.  The neighbor went to the corner of the victim’s residence where she saw the suspect holding a camera up to the bathroom window.  As they called 911, the neighbor took a picture and video of the suspect at the window.

     Daniel Paul Van Nostrand, 32, of 643 Brandon Cove in Ridgeland, was then arrested and charged with Voyeurism.  He was taken to the Jasper County jail where he is awaiting a bond hearing.

     Daniel Paul Van Nostrand is a registered sex offender in Jasper County.  His information can be viewed by visiting the SLED Sex Offender Search website HERE.

FATAL COLLISION ON I-95

AUGUST 31, 2012

     One person is dead following a collision with a legally parked 18 wheeler on I-95 in Ridgeland.  Around 2:50 AM, the driver of a 2000 Acura apparently fell asleep and drifted off the highway into the commercial vehicle parking area at the 17 mile marker north bound.  The vehicle entered the parking area and struck the rear of a semi-trailer and caught on fire.  The driver was trapped in the vehicle and died as a result of injuries from the collision.  The owner of the semi-truck, Harry Richard Davis, 54, of Rio, WV, was in the sleeper compartment of the truck when the collision occurred and was not injured.   Corporal Tim East of the Ridgeland Police Department is investigating the collision and is awaiting the results of an Autopsy to help determine the cause of the collision and to determine the identity of the driver.  Release of further information is pending identification of the victim and notification of next of kin.

ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT APPREHENDED

AUGUST 24, 2012

GASNEL MILLER

     A Ridgeland Man was arrested after an Armed Robbery today around 5pm.  Gasnel O’Bryan Miller, 22, of 33 Brandon Cove in Ridgeland, was arrested within 15 minutes of the incident at the Town Centre parking lot.  The victim left Carolina Wireless and was returning to her vehicle, she observed Miller snatch her passenger door open reach in the vehicle and take her purse.   Miller turned toward the victim as she approached, pulled up his shirt exposing a black handgun on his side and fled the scene running towards Adams Street.  Miller was arrested and a positive identification was made by the victim.

     The victim was instrumental in the quick capture of the suspect.  She was able to give a very detailed description of Miller that lead to his capture within a few minutes of the robbery.

MAN SHOT INSIDE RESIDENCE

AUGUST 22, 2012

     The Ridgeland Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred on Adams Street shortly after 7pm Tuesday evening.   Officer Rett Long was dispatched to a wounded man at the Adams Street BP.  Officer Long arrived and found Albert Garvin, 45, of 322 Brooklyn Drive in Ridgeland, standing in the BP Station parking lot holding his right arm.  After talking with Garvin, police were informed that the shooting occurred at 1271 East Adams Street.  Other officers secured the scene at the residence where the victim was shot.

     Officers processed the crime scene and spoke to several people on scene.  All they knew was, Garvin had been shot.  The witnesses on scene were uncooperative with the investigation.  Garvin was transported by EMS to Savannah Memorial where he was treated for a gunshot wound to his right arm.

     If you have any information that could assist in this investigation, you are asked to contactLieutenant D. Litchfield (843-726-7509) or Investigator C. McIntosh (843-717-1035) at the Ridgeland Police Department.

PEDESTRIAN STRUCK BY VEHICLE

AUGUST 22, 2012

     A Ridgeland man is in stable condition after being struck by a vehicle Tuesday night.  Sergio Adams, 44, of 5817 Bee’s Creek Road in Ridgeland, was walking on Bee’s Creek Road around 8:30 pm when the incident occurred.  Mario Kennard Gadson, 30, of 128 Wexford Place in Ridgeland, was driving a 2005 Chevrolet and passing another vehicle when the victim was struck.  Gadson immediately stopped and tried to help the victim until Emergency personnel arrived on scene.  Adams was treated on the scene by EMS and flown to Memorial Medical Center in Savannah.

     After investigating the collision and talking with witnesses, police determined that Adams and his brother, Tyron Mikell, were walking North on Bee’s Creek Road.  Gadson was passing another vehicle in a legal passing zone when the collision occurred.  Adams was wearing dark clothing and was walking in the roadway.

     The Ridgeland Police Department is still investigating the collision.  At this time no charges have been filed.

BURGLARY SUSPECT ARRESTED

AUGUST 3, 2012

ALJAQUAN HUGUE

     Thursday night Ridgeland Police arrested Aljaquan Lamont Hugue, 19, of 67 West Woodlawn Street Apt 2 in Ridgeland, after a warrant was issued for his arrest for the charge of Burglary second degree.

     On July 31st Police responded to an alarm at the New Hong Kong on East Main Street where they discovered the back door had been vandalized, but no entry was made to the business.  A short time later, Officers responded to a second alarm at the Main Street Pharmacy after the power was disconnected where they found the back door damaged and the power meter missing.  Officers then checked the other businesses in the area and found the back door of the Fashion Tree damaged as well.  Later that morning when the owner arrived, she discovered the business was burglarized and property was taken.

     On August 1st, Police responded to the Main Street Bar-B-Q after the owner arrived and discovered a front window broken out.  Police reviewed the surveillance video inside the business and identified the suspect.  Around 2:05 am, video captures Hugue throwing a brick through a front window; he then enters the business, walks to the register, and then exits the business out of the same window.  Hugue is currently being held in the Jasper County Jail awaiting a Bond hearing.

ONE DEAD AFTER CAR ACCIDENT

JUNE 29, 2012

     A Ridgeland woman is dead after a single vehicle collision early Friday morning.  Shanique Martise Heyward 21, of 1004 Fordville Road was traveling too fast for conditions on Logan Street when she lost control of the 1997 Honda Accord she was driving.  Initial investigation shows that Heyward ran off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected and struck a ditch culvert on Augusta Avenue causing the vehicle to overturn striking two trees.  Heyward was not wearing a seat belt and died from injuries sustained after being ejected from the vehicle.  Corporal Tim East of the Ridgeland Police Department is investigating the collision and is awaiting the results of the autopsy and toxicology report to determine if there are other contributing factors in this collision.

ARREST MADE IN BURGLARY OF NATURE CENTER

JUNE 28, 2012

KION WILSON

     Kion Wilson, 23, of Solomon Temple Road in Garnett was arrested on June 29th following an investigation by Ridgeland Police Department into the burglary of the Blue Heron Learning Center on Bailey Lane.

     On April 28th Ridgeland Investigators responded to a call about a broken window and stolen property at the Nature Center.  Several pieces of evidence were collected from the scene and Kion Wilson was later found in possession of some of the property stolen during the burglary. Two additional suspects are being sought and arrest warrants have been issued for Tyriece Wiggins, 19, of 400 Robertville Drive and Charles Brown, 21, of 9965 Cotton Hill Road.

             TYRIECE WIGGINS                                                   CHARLES BROWN

                        CAPTURED                                                     CAPTURED

 If you have any information on their whereabouts please call 911 or contact Lieutenant Litchfield (843-726-7509) or Investigator McIntosh (843-717-1035) at the Ridgeland Police Department.

RIDGELAND BOYS & GIRLS CLUB BURGLARIZED

JUNE 12, 2012

     On the night of June 7th three juvenile males broke into the Ridgeland Alternative School on Grays Highway where, once inside, they made their way to the entrance of the Ridgeland Boys & Girls Club where they broke in and caused several thousand dollars worth of damage.  The three juveniles then went back to the Ridgeland Alternative School side of the building where they continued to cause property damage to doors, windows, walls and electronics.

     The same three juveniles then returned to the property on the night of June 10th where they again forced entry into the Alternative School side of the building and then the Boys & Girls Club causing additional damage to both.  The juveniles then obtained keys from the Alternative School Office and took a 2007 and a 2008 Ford Focus, both belonging to the Jasper County School District, which they then used to joyride around the running track behind the school before crashing into a fence.  The three then drove both vehicles to the Spring Hill area where they planned to drive them into a lake in an effort to hide them but were unable to get to the destination after one of the vehicles became stuck in a ditch following the heavy rain storms that night.

     Ridgeland Investigators were called to a residence in the Spring Hill area after Jasper County Deputies responded to a call about 2 suspicious vehicles abandoned in the woods.  Ridgeland Police and Jasper County K-9 Officers then tracked the suspects through a large wooded area leading to Myrtle Place. Evidence gathered from the Boys & Girls Club as well as the 2 stolen vehicles led Investigators to the names of the three juvenile suspects, 2 of which were apprehended by Ridgeland Officers on the night of June 11th after committing a larceny at the Ridgeland Subway Restaurant and shoplifting at the Ridgeland Dollar General.  Both juveniles were transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia each under 4 counts of burglary and 2 counts of grand larceny in addition to the petit larceny and shoplifting.  The third juvenile turned himself in to Ridgeland Investigators on June 12th.

3 VEHICLE COLLISION

MAY 31, 2012

     Traffic on Old House Road was shut down for nearly 2 hours following a 3 car collision at Good Hope Plantation around 4:40 pm on Thursday.  Shakira M. Ford, 18, of 704 Captain Bill Road was traveling west driving a 1996 Honda on Old House Road when she crossed the center line and struck two vehicles head on.  The first vehicle, a 2000 GMC Jimmy, operated by Dellann Boland, 69, of 104 Francis Marion Circle in Beaufort.  The second, a 2000 Pontiac operated by Romacedar C Springsteen, 39, of 158 Walsh Dr. in Hardeeville.  Officer Mike Messer arrived on scene to find Shakira Ford trapped inside of her vehicle but was mechanically extrcated by Emergency personnel from Ridgeland Fire Department and Jasper County Fire/Rescue.  Ford was then transported by Life Star to Savannah Memorial and treated for head injuries while Boland and Springsteen were transported by EMS for minor injuries.  Personnel from 3 different towing companies recovered the vehicles and the roadway was reopened for traffic at 6:20 pm.  Ford was charged for driving left of center in the collision.     

TRACTOR TRAILER ACCIDENT

APRIL 13, 2012

     Traffic in Ridgeland was backed up all day after an 18 wheeler overturned on I-95 Friday morning.  Ralph Bauer of 204 Arnold Street Andalusia, AL was traveling South when he apparently fell asleep and ran off into the median striking the cable barrier.  The 2010 KW truck and trailer was loaded with Phosphorous was not a hazard after overturning on its left side.  The clean-up is expected to continue into the evening hours.

 

MAN CHARGED WITH TRAFFICKING OXYCODONE

APRIL 11, 2012

NELSON OSVALDO NERIS

     On April 10th Officers with the Ridgeland Police Department ICE Team conducted a traffic stop on a tan Ford Fusion on Interstate 95 North near the 23 mile marker for an improper lane change and following too closely.  Following a K-9 alert on the vehicle, Officers discovered four large vitamin bottles containing 21,290 Oxycodone pills.  The driver of the vehicle, Nelson Osvaldo Neris, 38, of 6470 SW 35th St Miami, FL was arrested and charged with Trafficking Oxycodone.  He is currently being held at the Jasper County Detention Center.

TWO BUSINESSES BURGLARIZED

MARCH 23, 2012

WILLIAM JAMES BLACK

      On March 23rd at approximately 5:00 am William Black, 28, of 306 Moultrie Plantation, broke into the Palmetto Veterinary Hospital on South Green Street by shattering the front door window glass.  It’s believed that Black was frightened off by the security alarm after going through several drawers in the front office area and fled in a stolen 2000 Dodge Pickup.  Black was later arrested and charged by Jasper County Deputies after burglarizing the Tiger Express store in Coosawhatchie.  The Carquest Auto Parts Store on North Jacob Smart Boulevard in Ridgeland was also burglarized in a similar fashion shortly after the Palmetto Veterinary Hospital and before the Tiger Express.  Evidence collected from both Ridgeland businesses has been been sent to the State Law Enforcement Division for analysis.  William Black is currently being held at the Jasper County Detention Center.

FINANCIAL CARD THEFT ARREST MADE

FEBRUARY 28, 2012

TAMMY LAFLER

     A Ridgeland woman was arrested Tuesday morning after Investigators discovered evidence that she had used a stolen ATM card at 2 local businesses.  On February 17th Tammy Lafler, 31, of Ridgeland, made 3 separate ATM withdrawals at Harvey’s Supermarket and the Captain Bill Road BP Station with another person’s H&R Block Tax Return Debit Card without permission. Ridgeland Police received a call about the stolen card after the victim discovered that it had been used when she received her bank statement.  Ridgeland Investigators followed up with bank records which identified the times and locations of where the card had been used.  Video surveillance was then obtained showing a female, later identified as Tammy Lafler, entering said businesses and making ATM withdrawals with the stolen card.  Lafler was taken to the Jasper County Detention Center where she remains awaiting a bond hearing.

SECOND SUSPECT CHARGED IN PIZZA BELLA BURGLARY

FEBRUARY 25, 2012

KRISTY LYNN FALER

    A Bluffton woman was taken into custody on Saturday and charged as a co-defendant in the February 19th Burglary of the Pizza Bella Restaurant on East Main Street.  Kristy Lynn Faler, 34, of 897 Fording Island Road Bluffton, SC was arrested at her home and charged with Attempted Murder and Burglary 2nd Degree after Investigators executed a search warrant of her phone records and discovered that she had acted as a co-conspirator and lookout as co-defendant Paul Domnelli forced entry into the business at approximately 2:30 am Sunday February 19th.  Faler is currently being held at the Jasper County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

SUSPECT CAPTURED FOLLOWING DOUBLE BURGLARY

FEBRUARY 21, 2012

PAUL THOMAS DOMNELLI

     A Beaufort County man was arrested after burglarizing two Ridgeland businesses early Sunday morning.  Paul Thomas Domnelli, 31, of 10 Muirfield Drive Bluffton, SC was arrested and charged with 1 count of Burglary 1st degree, 1 count of Burglary 2nd degree and 1 count of Attempted Murder.  Ridgeland Police officers were dispatched to a Burglary in progress at the Pizza Bella Restaurant on East Main Street around 3:20 am Sunday morning after business owner James R. Horton drove up and saw someone inside and called 911 with a description of the man inside.  Officers arrived and found the back door open and Mr. Horton returning to the scene after he and 2 of his employees had chased the subject before losing sight of him in the Logan Lane Apartment complex.  Corporal Kevin Smith and K-9 Officer Rett Long then advised reponding Officers that they were in pursuit of the suspect in the area of Logan Lane Apartments after Corporal Smith observed a white male matching the given description running into the laundry room facility.  As other Officers arrived on scene to assist, Domnelli was ultimately arrested without further incident following a brief struggle.

      Motion sensor cameras inside Pizza Bella activated after the suspect entered the business around 2:37 am wearing a ski mask and all black clothing.  While inside, Domnelli broke into the cash register, damaged the business safe attempting to open it and then took a plastic bag containing loose change and a DeWalt cordless drill.  After he observed Mr. Horton’s vehicle pull into the parking lot, he removed his mask and attempted to leave.  An employee with Mr. Horton attempted to block the rear door to prevent his escape but was unable to hold the door as Domnelli eventually forced it open and struck the employee several times with a four foot metal pipe before fleeing the scene.  After reviewing the businesses’ surveillance video, a positive identification was made of Paul Thomas Domnelli.  A satchel Domnelli had in his possession following his arrest contained a mini crowbar, pry bar and various screwdrivers as well as the bag of change and DeWalt drill taken from the Restaurant.  Domnelli was then charged with 1 count of Burglary 1st degree and 1 count of Attempted Murder and transported to the Jasper County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing..

      At approximately 12:00 pm that same morning, Ridgeland Police were dispatched to the Main Street BBQ after the owner discovered the back door had been forced open.  After Officers and the owner inspected the business and determined that nothing was missing, they reviewed the security camera footage and discovered that at approximately 2:20 am Paul Thomas Domnelli had entered through the rear door and burglarized that business prior to the Pizza Bella Restaurant after which a second warrant was issued against Domnelli for 1 count of Burglary 2nd degree.

FINAL BOBOP’S SUSPECT CAPTURED

FEBRUARY 18, 2012

AYUBA CUNNINGHAM

    The third and final suspect in the December 15th armed Robbery of the Bobop’s Convenience Store in Ridgeland was captured on Saturday February 18th.  After receiving information that Ayuba Cunningham was seen walking down Fordville Road, Ridgeland Police Officers converged on the area where Cunningham was found standing at the intersection of Fordville Road and Snookie Lane.  He was then placed under arrest without incident and transported to the Jasper County Detention Center where he is currently being held under the charge of Armed Robbery.

SECOND BOBOP’S SUSPECT CHARGED WITH THIRD BEING SOUGHT

FEBRUARY 14, 2012

                         JEREL TYSON                                            AYUBA CUNNINGHAM

     Jerel Tyson, 25, of 317 Shanklin Road in Beaufort SC has been charged as the second suspect in the December 15th armed robbery of the Ridgeland Bobop’s Convenience Store on Grahamville Road.  Tyson’s arrest follows the arrest of Christopher Clemons as the first suspect charged who was apprehended on Christmas Eve by Port Royal Police during an attempted armed robbery there.  Clemons is still being held at the Beaufort County Detention Center while Tyson is being held at the Jasper County Detention Center.  Jerel Tyson is also facing armed robbery charges from Port Royal Police Department as well as Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

     An arrest warrant has also been issued for Ayuba Cunningham for the charge of armed robbery.   If you have any information on his whereabouts please call 911 or contactLieutenant Litchfield (843-726-7509) or Investigator McIntosh (843-717-1035) at the Ridgeland Police Department.

BOBOP’S ROBBERY SUSPECT CHARGED

JANUARY 3, 2012

CHRISTOPHER J. CLEMONS

     Ridgeland Police have issued a warrant for one of three suspects in the December 15th Armed Robbery of the  Bobop’s Convenience Store on Grahamville Road.  Christopher Jamar Clemons, 21, of 178 Matthew Stephenson Rd Tillman, SC is currently being held in the Beaufort County Jail after being charged with Armed Robbery by the Port Royal Police Department.  On Christmas Eve, Christopher Clemons and another male matching the description of the Bobop’s Robbery attempted to rob the Broad River Pantry in Port Royal where Clemons was wrestled to the ground by two store clerks and two unidentified store patrons as the other suspect fled.  Clemons was held by the men until Port Royal Police arrived and placed him under arrest.

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