Still At Large
After County Home Invasion
Two suspects remain at large following a home invasion robbery Wed., May. 20, in rural Saluda County.
According to Chief Deputy Chris Cockrell, the robbery took place at 2:12 p.m. on John J. Rushton Road. Three suspects entered the residence, stole cash and beat one of the occupants, a Hispanic male, in the head.
The word on the street was that the victim had been shot in the head, but after he was medivacked to Self Memorial Hospital, it was revealed he had been bludgeoned.
Neighbors saw three suspected escape into the woods. After Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene with the bloodhounds, they were able to track down Malik Glymph, 20, in the woods and take him into custody.
The remaining suspects were identified when a taxicab arrived on the scene.
“Once we figured out by cell phones who the taxi driver was there to pick up, that was our two other guys,” Cockrell said.
The remaining suspects were identified as Marquiz Austin, 20, and Deatrick Williams, 36. Also being sought is Williams’ girlfriend, Tonesha Smith, the alleged getaway driver.
Law enforcement officers searched throughout the night for the suspects.
The second suspect was arrested Thursday at Horne’s Store on the Newberry Hwy.
Marquiz Austin entered the store and asked the clerk if he could use her phone, Cockrell said. She remained calm and let Austin use her phone. When she got her phone back she called the Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies responded to the store and Austin was found hiding in a machine in the laundromat connected to the store. He is now in-custody at the Saluda County Detention Center.
Deputies continue to look for Williams and the Smith.
The three males will be charged with burglary 1st degree, attempted murder, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Ms. Smith will be charged with conspiracy to commit burglary, and false information to law enforcement.
Sheriff John Perry is happy to report that the victim is doing well, and is now at home.
The Sheriff would also like to thank the citizens of Saluda County for their help, as well as the many law enforcement agencies who came out to help with this matter (Saluda Police Department, Ridge Spring Police Department, Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, State Transport Police, Highway Patrol, and SLED).
The Sheriff would also like to reiterate to the citizens of Saluda County that if they see any suspicious persons or vehicles in their community to please give the Sheriff’s Office a call 864-445-2112.
SEN. MASSEY, SEN. SHEALY, SEN. KENNEDY
Legislators Work To Protect
Homeowners From Mining Blasts
Local state Representative Ralph Shealy Kennedy is pictured in the antechamber of the State House with Senators Shane Massey and Katrina Shealy reviewing Legislation that protects homeowners, churches, and schools from the devastating effects of mining blasting operations.
Representative Kennedy is the primary author of House Bill H4206, which has been filed with the Legislature and assigned to the Agricultural and Natural Resources Committee. Kennedy’s Bill has 41 additional Co-sponsors in the House. Senator Shane Massey has filed Senate Bill S684, which has language almost identical to Kennedy’s House bill. Both bills aim to clarify existing law and better protect homeowners, churches, and schools from the disruptive effects of commercial mining and blasting activities.
Prompting this Legislation is Vulcan Materials’ decision to buy land in the heart of the Ridge Road/Hollow Creek Communities, where families have enjoyed a peaceful, rural, and close-knit community life for generations. Vulcan proposes to blast out a large aggregate rock quarry, with large commercial trucks and blasting operations ongoing for the next 100 years.
Community residents are justifiably concerned for the safety issues, seismic activity from blasting, well water disruption, blasting dust, heavy truck traffic and deteriorating roads.
Representative Kennedy stated, “One hundred years of future blasting and commercial truck traffic will change forever the quality of life for our community and is unacceptable. I will fight hard to see to it that the residents’ and community’s best interests are protected to the greatest extent possible. I appreciate so much Senators Katrina Shealy’s and Shane Massey’s help in the Senate. Working together we can make a difference.”