Columbia Star

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Quirky Crimes in the Capital City



West Columbia

James Street: Police were called to a home at 3:30 p.m. Saturday after neighbors saw two men fighting in a yard. When officers arrived on the scene, they were met by a man bleeding from his head and with a black eye. They asked him what happened and he told the officers he and his son got into an argument over the ownership of a bicycle. He said the verbal argument escalated into a physical confrontation. He said his son grabbed a beer can and began to hit him in the face with it. Since his injuries were consistent with his story, the officers asked him where they might find his son. He told them about a bar the son “hung out in” and they went there to see if the son was there. They spotted the son and approached him. They asked him what happened between him and his father and the son said the father had “tried to take” the bike from him. The son admitted the bike wasn’t his but told the officers he “had been riding it for months.” He admitted hitting his father and getting into a fight with him but he said his father “came at” him first. He said he was just “defending” himself but he had no indication of any injury related to a fight. One of the officers asked him why he had no injuries if his father threw the first punch and the son answered his father “can’t fight.” He also admitted outright he beat his father up and told the officers they could “just take me to jail.” As they began the detention procedure, he became belligerent and began to yell and swear but was subdued and taken to jail without further incident. He was charged with assault and battery.

Monticello Street: Two people were arrested at 2 p.m. Friday after a woman flagged down an officer on patrol because she said the man with her had stolen her money. The couple was arguing on the side of the road and the man was sitting on the passenger side with the door open. While the officers were trying to assess the situation, the couple began to argue and yell accusations at each other. The woman said the man stole her money but the man said the woman was holding some of his belongings in her trunk and refused to give them to him. He said she had his X-box and shoes but the woman said the X-box belonged to her son. The man couldn’t prove it was his so the police couldn’t intervene. While all this was going on, one of the officers smelled marijuana emanating from the car. That was enough for a probable cause search and during the search, one of the officers found a $20 bill filled with a white powdery substance consistent with cocaine. Neither the man nor the woman would claim the drug as theirs so they were both charged with possession of cocaine and taken to jail.

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