Man was also wanted in Columbia Co.
The subject of a North Augusta manhunt, who also is wanted in Columbia County, was arrested Monday in Augusta.
Brandon Wesley Tucker, 25, of Augusta, was arrested by Richmond County sheriff’s deputies around 9:50 a.m. at 3027 Washington Road.
Tucker crawled out of a North Augusta police cruiser window after his arrest for shoplifting Dec. 17 at the Knox Avenue Walmart, according to previous reports.
His escape, which occurred while officers searched nearby for a gun Tucker was believed to have shoplifted, led to a manhunt involving bloodhounds from Aiken and Richmond counties. The manhunt was later called off.
Tucker faces charges of shoplifting, escape, assault and a parole violation.
A phone message and email left Tuesday for Columbia County authorities inquiring about Tucker’s possible charges was not immediately returned.
Grovetown man arrested for child molestation
A Grovetown man was arrested Dec. 20 after being accused of fondling an elementary-aged girl.
Donald Eugene Williams, 48, was charged with child molestation and remained jailed last week at the Columbia County Detention Center with no bond set as of Friday. His status is “awaiting trial,” according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Web site.
The incident first was reported to authorities by employees of Grovetown Elementary School, who noticed a girl “acting out of character,” according to a Grovetown Department of Public Safety report.
When questioned by an educator, the girl said Williams put his hands between her legs while she slept.
The girl lives with about 15 others at a home on George Street, according to the incident report.
Another woman at the home said Williams sometimes resides at the house and was there the date the incident allegedly happened.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Food stolen from restaurant
The manager of the Wendy’s at 3859 Washington Road said that sometime during the night Dec. 20, a lock on a refrigeration unit behind the restaurant was broken and “consumable goods” were missing.
Though an incident report didn’t specify what type of food was taken, it did estimate the total loss at nearly $400.
Man points gun during party
A holiday party in Evans ended with a man pointing a shotgun at another man.
A 21-year-old man told police Saturday that another man, 20, punched him in the face while they were at a party at a home on the 500 block of Travis Court.
After taking the punch, the 21-year-old said he hit his attacker with a beer bottle and a “scuffle” ensued.
The 20-year-old left the party, but returned half an hour later with a shotgun, chambered a round, and pointed it at the 21-year-old, according to witnesses.
Another man stepped between the two while others wrestled the gun away from the 20-year-old, who again fled.
The 21-year-old said he wanted to prosecute, but the sheriff’s office Web site had no listed record of the 20-year-old’s arrest as of Tuesday.
Man’s car pushed into his home
A Martinez man reported to authorities last week that he believes someone pushed his car into his house.
A resident of the 4200 Block of Waylon Drive, the man said he woke up about 2:30 a.m. Dec. 21 to a loud noise.
He checked outside and found his car against his home.
He said the car had been in the driveway with the parking brake engaged. However, the doors on the car were unlocked.
The man said he believes someone disengaged the parking brake and pushed the car into the house.
A deputy noted in a report that both the car and home were damaged.