Police Blotter: Bridge jumping threat

  • Friday, August 1, 2014

Georgetown police helped talk a man down who was threatening to jump from the Maryville bridge at about 5 p.m. July 25.

When police received the call, they found the 35-year-old Horry County man on the bridge. He said he had no place to stay and had been sleeping inside the lobby at the Georgetown Memorial Hospital for five days.

Central Dispatch confirmed the call they received about the suicide threat came from the man’s phone, which he denied at first. When asked why he lied about making the call, the man said he was supposed to start a new job the next day and did not want to be late.

The man was transported to the hospital for evaluation.

Patient drives away

On July 16, Central Dispatch received a call about a 74-year-old Pawleys Island woman with dementia who left her home driving a car.

Calls were also made to 911 from people who saw the woman driving in a reckless manner on Highway 17 toward Georgetown.

A deputy spotted the woman and attempted a traffic stop but the woman continued driving on Church Street, Black River Road then onto North Fraser Street.

The woman got stuck in traffic in front of Walgreens and the officers were able to block her car in.

The deputies ordered the woman, who was wearing pajamas, to get out of the car. After a few minutes she opened the door and a deputy reached in and turned the car off.

The woman was asked where she was going and she said she was headed to Florence to visit her grandmother.

The deputy drove the woman back to her home where her husband said he had no way to get to Georgetown to retrieve their car.

So, the deputy drove the couple to Georgetown and the man asked if the deputy would drive his wife home while he drove the car, which he did.

Woman denies theft

A deputy was sent to Carberry Street in Andrews July 21 where a 53-year-old man said his 42-year-old girlfriend stole $600 and his medication.

He said he was pretending to be asleep at his girlfriend’s home in the 2200 block of Georgetown Highway when he saw the woman take the cash from the pocket of his pants.

The man said when he later asked his girlfriend about what he saw, she told him to get out of the house.

He said as he was packing his belongings, the woman grabbed his medicine bottles from the bed and hid them. She refused to give them back and the man told the deputy he did not know where they were hidden.

The man called his son to pick him up. He then went to his son’s home on Carberry Street.

The man informed the deputy that his girlfriend would accuse him of assaulting her and would try to file domestic violence charges because she has done so previously.

When the deputy spoke with the woman, she denied taking his money and pills. She said he has been accusing her and her children of the medicine theft for a while.

She said before he left the house, her boyfriend pushed her down on the bed three times. This was reportedly witnessed by her son.

Warrants were prepared for both people and were presented to a magistrate for consideration.

Manager assaulted

The manager of Georgetown’s Pizza Hut reported being assaulted by a former worker July 25.

The victim said a 20-year-old Georgetown man came into the store asking for more hours and a letter of recommendation.

The manager reminded the man he had already been terminated for not showing up for work. That is when the suspect reportedly struck the manager in the mouth with a closed fist.

The man then fled the restaurant on foot. He was later found at his home and was arrested for assault and battery.

Money missing

About $500 was reported missing from the Strand Theater on Front Street.

Police met with a theater worker who said the doors were locked the night of July 23. The next day it was discovered that $500 was missing.

The woman said there had been about 25 people in the building the previous evening rehearsing for the production of Hair Spray.

She said their ages ranged from 12-60.

“She stated these are the only people that would have been in the building,” the report states.

Shoplifting

An employee of Family Dollar on Highmarket Street said a 34-year-old woman who is a regular customer walked to the cooler Sunday afternoon and placed some items into her purse.

She then picked up some other items and attempted to pay for those with her EBT card but it was declined for insufficient funds.

The woman then walked out of the store.

The worker said it is unclear what was taken but the suspect is seen on camera placing items in her pocketbook.

Police were able to identify the woman and a warrant was prepared.

Information is subject to change as investigations proceed. Individuals arrested and/or charged have not been convicted.

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