PRESS RELEASES – 2017
SCDPP WANTED PERSON
OCTOBER 18, 2017
An arrest warrant has been issued by the South Carolina Department of Probation & Parole against Stephen Alford Griner Jr. after he disabled a tracking device assigned to him following his August 25th supervised release from the Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia SC after serving a nearly 20 year sentence for a 1999 criminal sexual conduct 1st degree conviction. Griner is a registered sex offender and is described as a 49 year old white male standing 6 feet tall and weighing approximately 165 pounds last seen at the Travelodge Motel at 8216 East Main Street just after 10 a.m. October 18th. He has a scar on his left wrist with several tattoos including “LIFE” on his right arm, a heart wrapped in a spider web and a dragon on his left arm and a tiger’s head on his right shoulder. The above photo was taken upon his recent release from prison. If you have seen Stephen Griner Jr. or have any information on his current whereabouts please call 911.
FLORIDA MAN SENTENCED FOR 2016 ARMED ROBBERY
July 25, 2017
James Lamonte Anderson, 24 of Fort Lauderdale FL, pled guilty today to a charge of armed robbery stemming from an April 19th 2016 incident at the EZ Stop IV Station at 80 Blue Heron Drive. Anderson was captured on surveillance video parking his vehicle beside the Rite Aid Pharmacy at 3:54 a.m. that morning and walking through the Burger King parking lot to the EZ Stop. He then waited outside of the business smoking a cigarette waiting for an opportunity to enter when no other customers were around. Once inside, he pointed a handgun at the on duty clerk and demanded money from the register before fleeing the area running back towards the Rite Aid Pharmacy. Over the course of the next few hours several more armed robberies with a suspect matching the same description were reported in Hardeeville SC as well as Pooler, Richmond Hill & Townsend GA. The cigarette butt dropped on the outside of the EZ stop in Ridgeland was collected by Investigators and submitted to the Beaufort County Forensics Laboratory for analysis which returned on August 17th with a match to DNA collected at a 2011 burglary in Laurinburg NC. Detectives at the Laurinburg Police Department supplied Ridgeland Investigators with Anderson’s information which was later confirmed through the national DNA database to be a positive match at which time a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was ultimately tracked by FBI Task Force Agents to the Fort Lauderdale FL area where he was arrested outside of his job on the morning of September 1st. Ridgeland Investigators then traveled to Florida where, after being presented with the evidence against him, Anderson confessed to the string of robberies. He was later extradited back to Jasper County on April 5th 2017 pending trial.
Anderson was sentenced today to 18 years in prison by the Honorable Perry M. Buckner III and prosecuted by 14th Circuit Assistant Solicitor Patrick Hall. The defendant was represented by Attorney Robert M. Hughes with the Jasper County Public Defender’s Office. Anderson received an additional 3 year Federal sentence for the armed robberies in Georgia prior to today’s hearing.
RIDGELAND MAN SENTENCED FOR 2015 SEXUAL ASSAULT
July 25, 2017
Kyshon Jemeel Jenkins, 25 of Ridgeland, pled guilty today to charges of first degree burglary and first degree criminal sexual conduct stemming from an August 16th 2015 incident at a residence on North Green Street. Jenkins confessed to entering the home through an unlocked back door just after 10:00 p.m. on that date while armed with a handgun as the 61 year old homeowner slept inside. She was then awakened to find Jenkins standing beside her bed with his firearm to her head threatening to kill her if she screamed before sexually assaulting her at gunpoint. He then went into the kitchen area to rummage through prescription medication bottles which afforded the victim the opportunity to flee on foot to a neighboring home where she called 911. Evidence collected at the scene was submitted to the SLED Forensics Laboratory which returned with a positive DNA match to Jenkins on August 26th. He was then arrested at his home, a few doors away from the victim’s home, later that same day without incident.
Jenkins was sentenced today to 28 years in prison on each count to run concurrent after originally refusing an offer of 25 years. The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Perry M. Buckner III and prosecuted by 14th Circuit Assistant Solicitor Patrick Hall. The defendant was represented by Attorney Robert M. Hughes with the Jasper County Public Defender’s Office. Jenkins previous convictions include an indecent exposure charge stemming from a July 23rd 2012 incident at the Jasper County Courthouse at 265 Russell Street where he exposed himself to a female victim in the parking lot area as well as a possession with intent to distribute marijuana charge.
RIDGELAND PD OFFICER OF THE YEAR
May 25, 2017
Chief Richard Woods awarded Officer Christopher Warren with the Ridgeland Police Department 2016 Officer of the year today during a Departmental meeting for his dedication and service to the Town of Ridgeland and it’s citizens.
NATIONAL PEACE OFFICER MEMORIAL DAY
MAY 15, 2017
In 1962 President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which it falls, (May 10th to May 16th 2015), as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress, this week pays special recognition to those Law Enforcement Officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. Click here to view the full roll call of the 394 fallen Heroes added to the Memorial year in 2016.
THREE ARRESTED FOLLOWING SHOOTING INCIDENT
MARCH 16, 2017
At 11:30 a.m. Officers responded to the Travelodge Motel at 8216 East Main Street in reference to a report of gunshots being fired in the parking lot area striking two unoccupied vehicles as well as a window glass of the Subway Restaurant located next door. Two black males and a white female involved in the incident reportedly fled the area in a blue/green Chrysler Town & Country mini van last seen traveling towards the Blue Heron Nature Trail area. Responding Officers located the van in the parking lot of the Econo Lodge Motel at 511 James Taylor Drive where driver Victoria Dyan Ramey was detained without incident as Antonio Durell-Ray Watson and Michael Porter Ancrum fled towards the upstairs balcony area of the motel where they were ultimately captured without further incident. A review of surveillance footage revealed both subjects in possession of a loaded AK-47 assault rifle that they attempted to conceal inside of a laundry basket outside of Ramey’s rented room as Officers converged on the area resulting in an additional charge against Ancrum due to him being a convicted felon prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition. Further investigation revealed him to also be listed as a wanted person by the South Carolina Department of Probation & Parole stemming from a previous burglary conviction. An inventory of Ramey’s mini van used to flee the scene of the shooting resulted in the discovery of a 32″ LG flat screen television reported stolen from the Travelodge Motel on February 4th 2017. All three subjects were ultimately transported to the Jasper County Detention Center as Scott’s Automotive took possession of the vehicle. Antonio Watson was also served an additional charge by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office in reference to an outstanding simple possession of marijuana bench warrant. There were no injuries reported in reference to the initial shooting incident at the Travelodge Motel.
FINAL ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT CAPTURED
JANUARY 14, 2017
The third and final suspect involved in the January 7th armed robbery at a local trailer park community in Ridgeland was arrested this morning after Amado Alonzo Gonzalez, 17 of Ridgeland, turned himself in to Investigators at the Ridgeland Police Department. This case originated just after 10:00 p.m. on Saturday January 7th when a 25 year old male victim from Estill SC was lured through text messages from the suspects to Cobia Lane in the Carters Mill Estates Community in Ridgeland. He was then ordered out of the vehicle at gunpoint by co-defendant Jorvin Cisneros, 17 of Hardeeville, at which point Amado Gonzalez and a 15 year old Hispanic male juvenile both emerged from behind an adjacent residence armed with a handgun and a rifle. The victim was then struck on the back of the head with a handgun causing him to lose consciousness as the three suspects went through his pockets and robbed him of his cell phone, car keys and wallet before fleeing the area in a white 4 door pickup. The victim was ultimately transported by EMS to Coastal Carolina Medical Center in Hardeeville where he received 10 sutures from the injuries sustained in the attack.
Ridgeland Police arrested Jorvin Cisneros at the Ridgeland High School on the afternoon of January 9th under charges of armed robbery as well as assault & battery 1st degree. The 15 year old Hispanic male juvenile was arrested on January 13th at the Ridgeland Police Department and transported to the DJJ Detention Facility in Columbia SC under the same charges.
TWO POUNDS OF HEROIN SEIZED DURING TRAFFIC STOP
JANUARY 11, 2017
Ridgeland Narcotics Officers conducted a traffic stop on a black Nissan Altima traveling North on I-95 around the 22 mile marker after the driver was tracked below 45 mph in a posted 45 minimum speed zone. A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted after a Ridgeland PD K-9 alerted to the presence of illegal narcotics which resulted in the discovery of nearly one kilo, (2.15 pounds), of black tar heroin wrapped in tobacco and heat shrink plastic inside of driver, and sole occupant, 34 year old Miami FL resident Maite Diaz-Romero’s purse. She was immediately taken into custody under charges of trafficking heroin and transported to the Jasper County Detention Center as Federal Agents with the DEA were notified of the seizure.