Clarendon County Sheriff's Office deputies search for 17-year-old suspect in car theft

BY SHARRON HALEY
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 1/29/19

MANNING - Clarendon County Sheriff's Office deputies are looking for a 17-year-old suspect and arrested two other men in three unrelated cases from this weekend and recently.

Teen wanted in car

theft, crash

The sheriff's office is asking …

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Clarendon County Sheriff's Office deputies search for 17-year-old suspect in car theft

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MANNING - Clarendon County Sheriff's Office deputies are looking for a 17-year-old suspect and arrested two other men in three unrelated cases from this weekend and recently.

Teen wanted in car theft, crash

The sheriff's office is asking for assistance in finding a 17-year-old man who is wanted in connection with the larceny of a 2016 Dodge Challenger on Jan. 22.

"Deputies have active arrest warrants on and are currently searching for Jordan Trevon Hanson," Clarendon County Sheriff Tim Baxley said in a news release Monday.

Baxley said the theft occurred about 5:40 p.m. at 2125 Sumter Highway and that, shortly after the vehicle was taken, deputies spotted it traveling on U.S. 521 toward Sumter and attempted to stop the vehicle, which resulted in a pursuit. After traveling into Sumter County, the vehicle turned onto a dead-end road and drove into a wooded area, incurring heavy damage. Two suspects fled the vehicle on foot, Baxley said.

"A juvenile subject (was) taken into custody," Baxley said. "The suspects were identified by investigators, and the juvenile was taken into custody. The case is still under investigation."

BOLO leads to driving, drug charges

On Jan. 26, Clarendon County deputies arrested 30-year-old Herman Nelson on one count of possession of a stolen vehicle; one count of possession of cocaine base; one count of failure to stop for a blue light, second offense; and one count of habitual offender (related to driving under suspension), Baxley said.

According to Baxley, Clarendon County deputies received a lookout notice on Jan. 26 for a 2017 Chrysler 200 that was stolen out of Berkeley County. Deputies spotted the Chrysler on Greeleyville Highway traveling into Manning and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver attempted to flee, travelling through Manning and south on S.C. 260. The driver turned around in the IGA shopping center and attempted to proceed back into Manning. Deputies were able to stop the vehicle at the IGA, and Nelson was taken into custody.

Nelson's bond was set as a $40,000 surety bond. He was still being held at the Clarendon County Detention Center at press time Monday.

Fight sends victim to hospital

Early Sunday morning, Clarendon County deputies responded to McLeod Health Clarendon in reference to an assault victim who had been admitted to the hospital, Baxley said.

"Upon arriving, deputies found the victim, who had 13 lacerations along with other injuries," Baxley added.

Baxley said deputies talked with a witness who was also at the hospital. Deputies said the victim stated the assault occurred at Miss Victoria's River Road Saloon at 6464 Kenwood Drive. The witness reported to deputies that the victim and a suspect had gotten into a fight and that the suspect had left the area shortly after the fight.

"Clarendon County Investigations was notified, and the suspect was identified a short time later as Keith Brian O'Neal, age 45," Baxley said. "Mr. O'Neal has since been placed into custody without incident and charged with assault and battery high and aggravated."