PRESS RELEASES – 2014
BLUFFTON CARJACKING SUSPECT APPREHENDED FOLLOWING PURSUIT
OCTOBER 11, 2014
MICHAEL EUGENE WHITE JR.
A Ridgeland man was arrested after Police observed a vehicle with an improper tag matching the description of a carjacking from Beaufort County. The carjacking advisory was published Thursday evening in reference to a black Honda Accord that was carjacked from the Bluffton area. The owner of the vehicle was forced out of the vehicle at gunpoint and 3 suspects took off in an unknown direction. Saturday at 1:44 pm Ridgeland Police attempted to stop the vehicle at Getsinger Road and North Logan Street. Michael Eugene White, Jr, 18, of 3598 Morgan Dollar Road in Ridgeland, failed to stop for Police and led them on a 10 minute pursuit throughout town and down Bees Creek Road. The vehicle ran out of gas on Coosaw Scenic Road where White was taken into custody.
White was charged with failure to stop for blue lights and siren, improper tag, violation of a beginner’s permit and possession of a stolen vehicle. He was transported to the Jasper County Detention Center where he is awaiting a bond hearing in addition to being held on outstanding warrants for Beaufort County in connection with the carjacking.
THREE JUVENILES CHARGED IN NUMEROUS VEHICLE BREAK INS
AUGUST 13, 2014
The Ridgeland Police Department responded to three separate calls this morning where two vehicles were broke into on McCormack Ave; another call where a dune buggy was taken from 3rd Ave and an unlawful entry at Dot’s Red Dot on South Green Street.
Officers located a dune buggy behind the Ridgeland Cemetery with two juveniles on it. As the officers approached, the two juveniles ran into the woods. A short time later, with the help of the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department, one of the juveniles was captured and detained. Within two hours the two other juveniles were located and detained. Parents of the juveniles were called to meet at the Ridgeland Police Department where the juveniles were questioned.
Juvenile Petitions for theft from a motor vehicle, 2 counts of malicious injury to real property, petit larceny and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage have been filed with the Department of Juvenile Justice on each of the suspects. Two of the juveniles have an additional charge in connection with an incident last week where a go cart was stolen and caused property damage. All three juveniles have been transported and detained at the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia awaiting a court appearance.
The Ridgeland Police Department is asking the community to increase their attention to suspicious activity in and around their neighborhoods. As a reminder, you should always remove valuables and lock your vehicle.
D.E.A. PRESENTATION TO RIDGELAND POLICE DEPARTMENT
MAY 29, 2014
(Pictured L to R): Special Agent Tim Davis, Cpl. Chris Malphrus, Capt. Frank Mador, Chief Richard Woods, Mayor Joey Malphrus
The Ridgeland police Department received 78% of a seizure of $1,750,020.00 that occurred in March, 2013 on I-95 in the Town of Ridgeland. The Ridgeland Police Department’s share was $1, 369,390.65.
The money received is part of the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) Asset Forfeiture Program. The USDOJ returns a portion of the illicit US currency to the originating agency to assist with the purchase of equipment, training, overtime etc.
The Ridgeland Police Department’s Interstate Criminal Enforcement team has seized in excess of 6 million dollars since its inception in 2002. This program has allowed the Police Department to purchase and maintain it’s vehicle fleet, equipment and training at no expense to taxpayers since 2002.
LOCAL BUSINESS BURGLARIZED
MAY 23, 2014
At approximately 2:00 am on today’s date two men broke into the Star Point BP Station at 11122 North Jacob Smart Boulevard after knocking a hole through the back wall of the business. Once inside they stole the business’s ATM machine as well as numerous store items and an undisclosed amount of cash in addition to causing thousands of dollars worth of damage to the property.
The entire incident was captured on surveillance video which is being reviewed in addition to other evidence collected at the scene.
If you have any information on the identity of the persons responsible please contact Lieutenant Litchfield at 843-726-7509 or Sergeant McIntosh at 843-321-0780. Any information may be given confidentially and cash rewards are being offered to any information leading to an arrest.
RIDGELAND MAN CHARGED WITH 2013 MURDER
MAY 12, 2014
WILLIAM BILLY PHILLIPS
A 41-year-old Ridgeland man has been charged with last year’s shooting death of Darius Woods, the Ridgeland Police Department announced yesterday.
“William Billy Phillips, of 109 Fulton Lane in Ridgeland, has been charged in connection with Woods’ death on the evening of May 18, 2013,“ said Ridgeland Police Chief Richard Woods. “This was a complex and time consuming investigation.” Chief Woods said cooperation among responding agencies was helpful in leading to the arrest. “This is another example of what can happen when law enforcement works together to solve a case such as this.” Woods said. “Criminals should know there’s no place to hide.”
Phillips was arrested at the Estill Federal Correctional Institution by SLED special agents and Ridgeland Investigators then transported to the Jasper County Courthouse where he was arraigned. Circuit Judge Murphy denied bond for Phillips and he was taken back to the Federal Prison where he is currently serving time for a federal probation violation.
WILSON STREET BURGLARY SUSPECT CAPTURED WITHIN ONE BLOCK
MARCH 6, 2014
Shortly after 1 pm this afternoon Ridgeland Officers were dispatched to a burglary in progress at a residence on East Wilson Street. While Officers were en route, Jasper County Dispatchers relayed a description of the suspect supplied by the victim as well as a direction of travel. Officers quickly saturated the area establishing a perimeter at which time Investigators spotted a subject matching the given description at the corner of Wilson Street and North Jacob Smart Boulevard. A witness at a local business stated that the suspect had entered the business restroom and changed shirts abandoning his gray hoodie before fleeing as Officers began converging on the area.
Aljaquan Lamont Hugue, 20 of Ridgeland, was placed under arrest at the Pizza Hut Restaurant on North Jacob Smart Boulevard under the charges of first degree burglary, assault on a Police Officer and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. He received an additional charge of possession of stolen property after he was found to be in possession of several pieces of jewelry previously stolen from the same residence.
Hugue was transported to the Jasper County Detention Center and is awaiting a bond hearing by a Circuit Court Judge. Hugue is the primary suspect in numerous recent residential and business burglaries as well as vehicle break ins in the town limits.
THREE SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN NEWLIN STREET BURGLARY
MARCH 6, 2014
Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the March 4th burglary of a residence at 177 Newlin Street. Officers arrived at the residence on Tuesday evening shortly after 6 pm when the homeowner discovered a broken window and several firearms missing. After processing the scene and collecting evidence and statements Investigators traveled to 242 Hagin Drive where 17 year old Jarrett Scott Sandifer was placed under arrest after being found in possession of some of the stolen property. A warrant affidavit was then filed against 18 year old Jonathan Chance Dupont who, following an extensive search in the Cherry Hill area, was arrested on Wednesday afternoon after returning to the Hagin Drive residence. A first degree burglary warrant was issued against 17 year old Devante Frost who was arrested this morning at his residence at 143 Firetower Road in Pineland.
All three suspects were transported to the Jasper County Detention Center. A judge has set Jarrett Sandifer’s bond at $10,000 and Jonathan Dupont and Devante Frost are still awaiting bond hearings.
JARRETT SANDIFER JONATHAN DUPONT DEVANTE FROST
FIVE SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOLLOWING SHOOTING
FEBRUARY 18, 2014
Ridgeland Police have arrested five suspects in connection with a second shooting incident today which Investigators believe to be in retaliation for a shooting that occurred earlier this morning at Woodridge Apartments on South Logan Street. Police were dispatched to 163 Shadetree Street around 11:41 a.m. after a 911 call was received in reference to several subjects firing gunshots into the residence. A description of the suspects and their vehicle was given to Police by the caller as they responded to the area. Officers spotted the vehicle and suspects matching the given description just minutes after the call as it crossed Highway 17 heading East on Smith’s Crossing. The vehicle was stopped near the Rock Road intersection at which time two of the suspects fled on foot into a wooded area as backup Officers pursued. One of the suspects discarded a handgun during the foot pursuit which was later recovered with the assistance of a Beaufort County Deputy and his K-9. Within six minutes of the original call all five suspects were in custody with the assistance of the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office. No injuries were reported at the residence on Shadetree Street.
One of the recovered handguns was found to be listed as stolen from a vehicle on Hilton Head Island in 2010 and another was stolen out of Georgia.
The following is a list of the five suspects and their charges:
Kadeem Jabril Zeigler, 21 years old
618B William Hilton Parkway
Hilton Head, SC Charged with Attempted Murder
Nathanel Drayton III 27 years old
3 Wright Place
Hilton Head, SC
Charged with Attempted Murder
Akeem Shmar Jenkins, 18 years old
7 Bluebell Lane Hilton Head, SC
Charged with Attempted Murder & Possession of a Stolen Handgun
Javante Kwame Pringles, 20 years old
255 Deloss Point Road
Charged with Attempted Murder, Possession of a Firearm During Commission of a Violent Crime & Possession of a Handgun with an Obliterated Serial Number
Glenn Docosta, 23 years old 247 Kean Neck Road
Charged with Attempted Murder
Kadeem Zeigler is currently out on bond for an October 2010 charge of Attempted Murder and Possession of a Handgun During the Commission of a Violent Crime in Beaufort County and Akeem Jenkins and Nathaniel Drayton are both listed as convicted felons. All five suspects are currently in the Jasper County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.
RIDGELAND MAN WANTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER AFTER EARLY MORNING SHOOTING
FEBRUARY 18, 2014
DANTE TYRRELL JENKINS
Ridgeland Police responded to a call at Woodridge Apartments on South Logan Street after several shots were fired around 8:18 this morning. Officers arrived on scene within minutes and discovered a victim inside of an apartment with a gunshot wound to his leg. The victim was treated by EMS personnel and transported to Coastal Carolina Medical Center in Hardeeville for further treatment as Officers processed the crime scene and gathered evidence. Police have identified Dante Tyrrell Jenkins, 29, of 163 Shadetree Street in Ridgeland as the suspect in the shooting and two warrants have been issued for his arrest charging him with attempted murder and possession of a handgun during the commission of a violent crime.
Jenkins is considered armed and dangerous and the public should use extreme caution if you come in contact with him. If you have any information on his whereabouts you are asked to call Lieutenant Daniel Litchfield at 843-726-7509 or Sergeant Chris McIntosh at 843-321-0780. Any information may be given anonymously.
BURGLARY SUSPECT CAPTURED IN GEORGIA AFTER VEHICLE PURSUIT
FEBRUARY 4, 2014
CHRISTOPHER JAMES WINES
Burglary suspect Christopher James Wines, 27, was captured in Hinesville GA yesterday after a vehicle pursuit in a stolen car. Wines is the suspect in the January 29 burglary at the Carolina Collision Center located at 11365 North Jacob Smart Boulevard He also has several outstanding warrants from the Ridgeland Police Department for larceny and malicious injury to property at Smith’s Body Shop on South Green Street in addition to felony warrants with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and the Yemassee Police Department.
Wines is currently being held in the Liberty County Jail on multiple charges from the Hinesville Police Department and will face extradition to South Carolina.
CAROLINA COLLISION SUSPECT IDENTIFIED
JANUARY 30, 2014
CHRISTOPHER JAMES WINES
A West Virginia man has been identified in connection with the January 29th burglary of the Carolina Collision Center located at 11365 N. Jacob Smart Boulevard. Christopher James Wines, 27 of Hc 73 15H4 Alderson WV, broke into the business early Wednesday morning and took several items including tools and a credit card from the business. Investigators identified Wines from video surveillance where he used the credit card at several locations after the burglary. A warrant for burglary 2nd has been issued for Wines.
The Ridgeland Police Department has three outstanding larceny warrants and one malicious injury to property warrant stemming from prior incidents on January 7th and 9th against Wines and he is also being sought by the US Marshall Service in connection with the theft of two vehicles and a stolen vehicle pursuit in Yemassee, SC on January 7th.
If you have any information in connection to this burglary or the location of Christopher James Wines, please contact the Ridgeland Police Department or dial 911.
FOUR VEHICLES STOLEN FROM THE JASPER COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
JANUARY 23, 2014
Four vehicles were stolen on January 21, 2014, from an enclosed area at the Jasper County School District transportation storage facility. At 12:24 am, an Officer with the Port Royal Police Department observed one of the vehicles traveling 90 mph on Parris Island Gateway and turned around to pursue. The vehicle took the exit to enter Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot before making a U-turn as it approached the Parris Island gate. It then traveled a short distance on the Russell Bell Bridge before striking a concrete barrier where the occupants fled on foot. A perimeter was set up by the Port Royal Police Department, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and United States Marine Military Police resulting in the capture of a 16 year old juvenile who exited the woods a short time later.
Immediately upon notification of the pursuit, Ridgeland Police responded to the Jasper County School District storage facility and discovered that four vehicles had been stolen. The Ridgeland Police Department recovered two of the stolen vehicles in Jasper County, the morning of January 22, 2014 and the fourth was recovered from a wooded area off of Bee’s Creek Road late yesterday evening. The Ridgeland Police Department petitioned four juveniles for Family Court and issued an arrest warrant for 17 year old Deveon Terell Chaneyfield, 4842 Bee’s Creek Road in Ridgeland SC, for four counts of grand larceny, second degree burglary and malicious injury to property. Deveon Chaneyfield is believed to be on Hilton Head Island.
These juveniles are not strangers to the Ridgeland Police Department. Two of them were arrested last June for a burglary at the same Jasper County School District facility for stealing District owned vehicles. They caused thousands of dollars in damage to the Boys and Girls Club of Jasper County, including destroying $1000 in meat from a freezer which was to be used to feed children during the Boys and Girls Club summer program and discarded it on the floor. They also activated numerous fire extinguishers, spraying computers and other valuables, simply to be destructive.
These juveniles and Chaneyfield are also suspects in a number of larcenies from vehicles in recent weeks in the Town of Ridgeland and neighboring areas as well as having been identified as suspects in burglaries that have occurred in Jasper County. In addition, they are suspects in an attempted strong armed robbery in Ridgeland that occurred in December, 2013. None of these juveniles attend school and all are believed to be involved in gang activity. It is believed that the recent crime spree involves an initiation into a gang. The Ridgeland Police Department also arrested two 14 year old juveniles on January 13, 2014 for vehicle break ins after being caught in the act of committing the crimes. The Ridgeland Police Department is investigating a possible connection between the recently arrested juveniles and these crimes as well.
The juveniles arrested for the Jasper County School District vehicle thefts have fifteen Family Court petitions between them in addition to 29 incidents on file in which they were involved with crimes ranging from assault by mob to burglary. As stated, these juveniles do not attend school and one of them entered the Criminal Justice system at the age of 9. It is apparent to me that the system we have in this state to deal with juvenile offenders is simply not working. These juveniles are clearly well along on the path to becoming career criminals and they are preying on society, affecting our citizens’ quality of life and peace of mind. Law enforcement expends countless resources in investigations to hold these people accountable for their crimes, only for them to be sent home to parents and begin the cycle again. It has to stop!
Richard V. Woods, Chief of Police
PENNSYLVANIA MAN ARRESTED IN STOLEN VEHICLE
JANUARY 23, 2014
Ridgeland Police arrested a Pennsylvania man in a stolen vehicle around 2:25 am Wednesday morning following a traffic stop at the exit 21 area. After running a check on the driver and the vehicle Officers discovered that driver Cody Anthony Carney, 17 of 196 Indiana Avenue in Kitanning PA, was listed as a runaway juvenile and the vehicle returned as stolen. Carney was arrested and charged for possession of a stolen vehicle and transported to the Jasper County Detention Center where his bond has been set at $5,000.
Pennsylvania authorities contacted the Ridgeland Police Department in reference to this vehicle and occupants for a possible connection to a bank robbery and other charges in that state.
BURGLARY SUSPECT CAUGHT IN THE ACT
JANUARY 16, 2014
A 45 year old Summerville man was arrested and charged at the scene of a burglary on Highway 17 around 1:40 Thursday morning. Paul Vincent Webster, 45 of 100 Amen Cor in Summerville, was charged with burglary second degree after throwing a rock through the front door of the Sunoco Station at 11965 North Jacob Smart Boulevard and entering the business.
Ridgeland Police observed a suspicious Ford Tarus with the lights on and both driver’s side doors open sitting in front of the business with the front door glass broken. After seeing movement inside of the business Officers discovered Webster behind the counter where he was arrested and transported to the Jasper County Detention Center. His bond has been set at $50,000.
TWO JUVENILE CHARGED WITH BREAKING INTO AUTOS
JANUARY 15, 2014
The Ridgeland Police Department detained and questioned two juveniles in connection with a vehicle break in on Third Avenue Monday evening after a homeowner called 911 and gave a description of two suspects breaking into the back of her vehicle. A short time later officers observed two individuals matching the description at Baytree Apartments on First Avenue. Officers stopped and questioned the suspects who were then positively identified by the victim resulting in juvenile petitions being filed with the Department of Juvenile Justice on each of them before being released to their parents.
The Ridgeland Police Department is asking the community to increase their attention to suspicious vehicles and foot traffic in and around their neighborhoods. We would also like to remind our residents to remove their valuables and lock their vehicles while they are away from them.
SUSPECT BEING SOUGHT IN CONNECTION WITH SEVERAL AREA BURGLARIES
JANUARY 9, 2014
A male suspect is being sought by the Ridgeland Police Department and the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office in connection with two local burglaries and larcenies. Cleland’s Automotive at 9888 South Jacob Smart Boulevard was broken into during the night of January 4th and again on January 8th with several tools and vehicle parts being taken from the business. Smith’s Auto Body at 495 South Green Street and Liberty Automotive at 493 South Green Street also reported property being stolen on the night of the 8th. The suspect pictured here has what is believed to be a small tattoo underneath his right eye and a large tattoo on the right side of his neck. Anyone with any information on his identity or whereabouts is asked to call 911 or contact Lieutenant Litchfield at 843-726-7509 or Sergeant McIntosh at 843-321-0780. Any information received may be given anonymously.