A Belvedere man detained on multiple charges, including kidnapping and attempted murder, allegedly assaulted a federal agent during an incident early Friday, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Robert Lenwood Toole, 31, was charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance; possession of a schedule IV controlled substance; possession of methamphetamine or cocaine base; kidnapping; attempted murder; manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine; resisting, assaulting, beating or wounding a police officer; and driving under suspension.
Toole was placed in the Aiken County detention center, where he remained on Monday afternoon.
The incident happened in North Augusta about 1 a.m. Friday, according to Earl Woodham, an ATF spokesman.
Woodham said the investigation is ongoing and that details are limited at this time.
“It was the result of a traffic stop,” he said of Friday’s incident. “It’s a joint investigation. As far as ATF’s concerned, we are continuing the investigation and possibly making federal charges also.” Regarding the resisting an officer and attempted murder charges, Woodham said: “All I can say is, those charges are the result of an assault on an ATF agent.”
Woodham said the “entire incident” was the result of an investigation by the ATF RAGE Unit, which is a joint gang and violent crimes task force with the Aiken Department of Public Safety, Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, North Augusta Department of Public Safety, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and ATF.
Lt. Tim Thornton, a spokesman for North Augusta Public Safety, said the incident happened in the parking lot of the Waffle House on West Martintown Road near Interstate 20.
“We were responding to a request from ATF to assist in stopping the vehicle,” he said. “That’s basically all I can tell you. Everything else we did, we were acting on the authority of ATF agents.”
The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office declined to comment on this incident.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime beat for the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Clemson University and hails from Williston.