Crime Briefs for Dec. 5
Man sleeping at Walmart detained
A North Augusta man who was detained by the Aiken Department of Public Safety officers last week told them he’d been in the parking lot of Walmart for 13 hours, according to a Public Safety report.
The 28-year-old man was found asleep in his vehicle parked outside Walmart on Richland Avenue around 3:30 a.m. on Friday, according to the report. He told officers he’d been kicked out of his grandmother’s house and that his license was suspended for non-payment of tickets.
Officers searched the vehicle and found four unused hypodermic needles in plain view on the backseat, a crushed aluminum can, a portion of a Xanax pill and a used hypodermic needle tip on the ground next to the car, according to the report. Officers asked the suspect if he shot up pills and he told them he used to.
The man was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to surrender a suspended driver’s license.
Man detained for intoxication
A 34-year-old Aiken man was detained for disorderly conduct and gross intoxication after causing a disturbance over the amount of money he gave a gas station clerk, according to a report.
“The suspect stated that he gave the clerk a $20 bill when she stated that he gave a $10 bill,” the report said. “After much debate, the suspect stated that he would leave since he was a ‘ladies man.’”
The suspect entered the store again and requested a ride from officers, who told him that he must be searched for safety before he could enter the patrol vehicle, according to the report. He then became argumentative with officers.
The man reportedly exhibited multiple signs of intoxication and was given multiple opportunities to have a taxi pick him up or receive a ride from law enforcement. He was detained by officers after he couldn’t come to a decision.
Man detained for possession of cocaine
Aiken Public Safety officers detained a man for possession of cocaine after officers were called to a large fight on Saturday, according to a report.
Officers were called to Columbia Avenue around 7 p.m. on Saturday for a report of 15 to 20 people fighting in the street, according to the report. They found a group of people in front of a home that had apparently been in an altercation.
While officers questioned the group, the owner of the home reportedly opened the front door and became belligerent, chastising authorities for the number of officers on the scene. Officers told the man he could return to his home, but the man emerged from his home several more times, each time becoming more belligerent and standing outside of the door.
At one point, the man removed his hand from his jacket pocket and a small bag containing a white powder-like substance that appeared to be cocaine fell to the ground, according to the report. The man was detained and transported to the Aiken County detention center.