At about 3:45am on February 15, 2017 Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested five men, all armed with handguns following several break-ins in the Kershaw County section of Elgin, SC.
Prior to these arrests, a citizen who lives on Highway Church Rd. in Elgin, reported seeing a black male wearing dark clothing running between houses. The complainant observed the subject get into a white 4 door car that was occupied by several other male subjects. The citizen called Kershaw County 911 and reported this to dispatchers. Several deputies were dispatched to the area.
“An alert citizen and solid law enforcement resulted in the capture of these 5 individuals,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews. “Situations like this one, in which deputies are faced with several men with guns, are very dangerous and can easily turn ugly. The fact that the suspects in this incident complied with the directions of the officers kept this incident from escalating. These deputies are to be commended for their cool heads and professionalism.”
Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies and an Elgin police officer that were dispatched to the area began riding through neighborhoods looking for the white 4 door sedan. A Kershaw County deputy observed a black male subject who was wearing dark clothing at a nearby service station where he was pumping gas into a white Chrysler 200. The Chrysler, which was being operated by Juwan Robinson, left the service station. After other deputies arrived in the area, they conducted a traffic stop on the white car that was occupied by a total of 5 black males, all wearing dark clothing.
As the deputies began talking to Robinson, they observed one of the men in the back seat who appeared to by trying to hide something. One of the deputies observed a handgun on the floorboard at the feet of one of the men. All of the subjects were removed from the vehicle and 4 additional handguns were found in the back and front seats of the vehicles where the men had been sitting. Each man had in his possession gloves and a flashlight.
Deputies also discovered several GPS devices, debit cards, and other miscellaneous items that had been stolen from car break-ins in the Elgin area. Using the “go home” feature on the GPS devices, deputies were able to go to the homes where the break-ins occurred and notified the owners, some of whom were not even aware that they had been victimized. The investigation into these vehicle break-ins is continuing.
The following men were arrested and were transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center where they are being charged with unlawful carrying of a firearm and breaking into a motor vehicle. Additional charges are likely.
Thesius Devore Holloman (19) who lives on Deerfield Lane in Bishopville, SC (Previous arrests for public disorderly conduct)
Gareece Montrez Hopkins (21) who lives on James St. in Bishopville, SC (Previous arrests for assault and battery by mob 3rd degree (2 counts), intimidation of a juror, malicious injury to personal property, forgery, public disorderly conduct)
Shiead Tyshonn Jackson (19) who lives on Linda Lane in Bishopville, SC (No previous criminal history)
Drell Dorian Miller (20) who lives on Sessions Rd. in Elgin, SC (Previous arrest for petit larceny)
Juwan Tepree Robinson (23) who lives on Royer Rd. in Bishopville, SC (Previously arrested for pointing and presenting firearm at a person)