Columbia Star

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

 

 

Richland County

Bethel Church Road: A man was arrested at 5 p.m. Monday and charged with squatting, or staying uninvited in empty apartments in an apartment complex. The arresting officers had been out on another call when the complex manager approached them to ask if they could help him “get rid of” someone who had been staying in various empty apartments. They found the culprit who was indeed staying in one of the unrented units. He admitted he had been staying there and said he understood when the police trespassed him from the premises. The officers left as the man walked off, but a short time later when they were back in the area on patrol, they saw the man once again back in the very apartment he had been trespassed from. This time he was charged with trespass after notice and taken to jail.

Bethel Church Road: Two juveniles were arrested at 5 p.m. Monday after police were called to break up a fight on the grounds of an apartment complex. Witnesses told the reporting officers the “two girls were fighting” over something on social media. It was unclear who threw the first punch but both the girls’ mothers got into the melee and tried to pull the girls apart. Once the officers arrived, things calmed down but one of the mothers said the other one punched her in the nose and one of the girls had a busted lip. The girls were arrested and processed as juveniles but were still detained for a hearing.

Covenant Road: Police were called at 11 p.m. Monday night after residents reported hearing gunfire in the area. Once they arrived, one of the residents told him his car had been hit. He said he heard the gun shots and when he looked out his window, he saw a car “barreling” down the road. Another man told the officers his car had been shot as well and when they went to look, the passenger side view mirror had been shot off. That appeared to be the only damage from the guns but residents were worried about a repeat shooting. Police requested and received video surveillance tapes from that night from the apartment security. They will also view any tapes from surveillance from nearby businesses and homes.

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