Richmond County deputies are searching for a male suspect accused of “robbing a man by force” Wednesday outside a local business.
Approximately 10:29 p.m., deputies arrived at Vice Versa Skate Park on the 1800 block of Killingsworth Road, where a 20-year-old victim said he was robbed after a physical altercation with an unidentified suspect, according to a RCSO incident report.
According to the victim, during the fight, the suspect stole his cell phone and fled on a white bicycle towards Gordon Highway.
The suspect was last seen turning southbound onto Wilco Avenue.
Police expect some embellishment when investigating a crime, but records show that false reports of a missing mountain lion in Aiken and a child abduction in Augusta this week are rare – and rather bizarre – occurrences.
So far this year, 14 crimes have been falsely reported in Richmond and Columbia counties, and as a result, 10 people have been arrested, mostly for bogus claims of sexual assault, robbery, gun violence, and stolen or damaged property, according to records provided by those counties’ sheriff’s offices.
South Carolina police agencies plan to crack down on drunken driving through the Labor Day weekend and hope social media will spread the word with younger drivers.
“With the kickoff of Sober or Slammer, I cannot stress the importance of not drinking and driving,” Capt. Keith Grice, the Troop 7 commander of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, said at a news conference Thursday in Aiken.
A North Augusta man is facing drug and obstruction charges after he tried to flee from custody Wednesday, police said.
Officers pulled over a Mitsubishi Galant on Walton Way about noon for defective brake lights and an improperly displayed tag. During the stop, a Toyota Camry, which had been following the Galant, pulled over to wait.
While talking with the Camry’s occupants, who were not facing any traffic violations, the officer detected a smell of marijuana, an incident report states.