Responding to a frantic 911 call for help and a follow up investigation, Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Harley Joe Moore (33) from Camden, SC and charged him with burglary (1st degree), discharging a firearm into a dwelling, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and unlawfully carrying a weapon.
According to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews, at about 9:05 pm on July 14, 2014 the Kershaw County 911 Dispatch Center received a frantic phone call from a woman who stated that Moore was trying to break into her home while she and her 11 year old son were present. At one point Moore fired a .357 magnum handgun into the doorknob of her residence and also through a glass door. According to the victim, she armed herself and told her son to hide in a closet. She further advised investigators that Moore, who was her former boyfriend, actually entered her home looking for her, but fled when he could not readily find her.
A responding Kershaw County Sheriff’s deputy stopped Moore less than a quarter mile away and arrested him following the discovery of a .357 magnum pistol and empty shell casings in his pocket. Investigators were able to obtain significant forensic evidence at the scene of the home linking Moore to the crime and also obtained witness statements from the victim and her son. According to the victim she had attempted to sever ties with Moore, but he continuously harassed her over the period of a month.
Investigators also charged Moore with kidnapping and assault and battery (2nd degree) stemming from an incident that occurred on June 13, 2014 at Moore’s house in which Moore threatened and assaulted the same victim and fired a handgun into the ceiling of his home while threatening her.
Moore has previously been arrested for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, felony malicious injury to property, harassment, obscene calls/unlawful use of a telephone, assault and battery with intent to kill, failure to stop for blue lights, solicitation of prostitution, DUI, open container, public disorderly conduct and several traffic related offenses. He is also prohibited by federal law to possess a firearm.
Moore was transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center. His bond hearing was held on July 16, 2014. Bond was denied on the burglary (1st degree) charge and was set at a total of $85,000.00 on the remaining charges. He remains in jail.