Town of Ridgeland, SC
Police Department

One Town Square
P.O. Box 1719
Ridgeland, SC 29936
Emergency:
911

Office Phone:
(843) 726-7530


 

BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED

JULY 8, 2015

 

     Carl Anthony McNair, 58 of Savannah GA, was arrested outside of his home on Ogeechee Road in Savannah just after 11 a.m. this morning after being spotted by members of the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department Robbery Unit who had traveled to the area after a warrant was issued for his arrest by the Rideland Police Department.  McNair was identified by Ridgeland Investigators following up on numerous tips received through the South Carolina and Georgia Crime Stoppers tip lines after his photo appeared on various news outlets and websites following the June 30th robbery of the South State Bank in Ridgeland. 

 

 

 

     McNair entered the bank at approximately 10:30 a.m. that morning and demanded money from a teller before fleeing the area in a white work van parked on West Adams Street. He is a career criminal with numerous convictions for violent crimes appearing on his history including a 2002 bank robbery in Florida which he is currently serving a term of Federal supervised release for until January of 2016.  He is currently being held at the Chatham County Detention Center pending extradition to South Carolina to face charges of bank robbery.

 

 

 

SOUTH STATE BANK ROBBED

JUNE 30, 2015

 

     On Tuesday morning June 30th at approximately 10:30 a.m. Officers from the Ridgeland Police Department responded to a report of a bank robbery at the South State Bank at 10671 South Jacob Smart Bouelvard.  The suspect entered the bank from the side entrance and walked up to one of the Tellers stating that this was a robbery and if she gives him the money then no one will get hurt.  The Teller then complied with the suspect's demands and handed over an undisclosed amount of cash from her till.  The suspect then fled on foot to a nearby white work van on East Adams Street and drove away.  He is described as a black male in his early to mid 50's standing approximately 5' 8" tall weighing approximately 160 pounds last seen wearing a tan t-shirt and gray pants with black shoes and a brown baseball cap.

 

     

 

     The Ridgeland Police Department is asking for the Public's assistance in identifying the suspect pictured above.  If you have any information on his identity or if you feel you may have witnessed the getaway vehicle or any other persons who may have been involved please contact Lt. Litchfield at 843-726-7509 or Sgt. McIntosh at 843-321-0780.  You can also contact Jasper County Emergency Services at 843-726-7519 or the Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry tip line at 1-888-274-6372.  You need not reveal your identity when providing information.

 

 

RIDGELAND OFFICER STOPS ARMED SUSPECT IN STOLEN VEHICLE

MAY 19, 2015

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     On May 15, 2015 an Officer with the Ridgeland Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a Dodge Caravan at the 21.5 mile marker on I-95 South at 10:33 p.m for speeding 86 mph in a 70 mph zone.  The Officer exited his patrol vehicle and made a passenger side approach to the violator's vehicle where, upon reaching the passenger side window, he observed William Charles Davis Jr., 25 of Catskills NY, sitting in the driver’s seat holding a loaded Stevens 20 guage sawed off double barrel shotgun close to his abdomen with the barrel pointed towards the driver’s window and his finger on the trigger.  Davis was looking over his left shoulder awaiting the Officer’s approach from the driver’s side with the passenger side door locked and the window up.  The Officer ordered Davis at gunpoint to place his hands on the steering wheel and immediately called for backup.  The shotgun was placed on the dashboard at the Officer's orders as backup units arrived on scene and Davis was taken into custody.

 

     Officers soon discovered that the vehicle Davis was operating had recently been reported stolen from Wilmington NC.  An inventory of the vehicle revealed 8 additional shotgun shells as well as a leather motorcycle vest with a center patch identifying the “BEJACS” motorcycle club of Catskills, NY and 25 tabs of what is believed to be LSD in a cigarette pack.

 

     Davis invoked his right not to speak with Officers and was placed in the Jasper County Detention Center under the following charges:

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  • Pointing and presenting a firearm
  • Possession of a sawed of shotgun
  • Possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number
  • Possession of a stolen vehicle
  • Possession of a schedule 1 narcotic
  • No driver’s license & speeding

 

     This Officer very easily could have lost his life that night had it not been for the training and tactics he utilized when encountering such a high risk situation.  His ability to rapidly assess the circumstances and take control of the situation saved Willliam Davis' life as well.

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TOWN PAYS RESPECTS TO FALLEN OFFICERS

MAY 15, 2015

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In 1962 President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which it falls, (May 10th to May 16th 2015), as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress, this week pays special recognition to those Law Enforcement Officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.  Click here to view the full roll call of the 273 fallen Heroes added to the Memorial year in 2015.

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The Ridgeland Police Deparment would like to offer it's thanks to Mayor Joey Malphrus and the members of Town Council for their tribute to those fallen Officers and those who continue on each day in the service of their communities.

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FATAL COLLISION ON I-95

APRIL 24, 2015

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     Two people are dead and three are in critical condition at Savannah Memorial Medical Center as a result of a 4 vehicle collision on I-95 at the 22 mile marker south bound around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.   

 

     Alma Jo Cordell, 66 of 9750 SE 179th Place in Summerfield FL, was operating a white 2005 Lincoln along with her passenger Jack Harold Cordell, 67 of the same residence, traveling North on I-95 when she lost control and ran off the left side of the roadway traveling through the center median cable barriers and into the South bound lanes colliding with 3 separate vehicles.  Both were pronounced dead on the scene. 

 

     Barbara Ann Kulisek, 53 of 125 Southside Parkway in Bluffton, was traveling South in the left lane when the Lincoln struck the left side of her blue 2008 Infiniti causing it to spin sideways in the roadway before coming to rest in the center of both lanes.  She was transported to Savannah Memorial Medical Center by EMS where she was treated and released.

 

     Adrienne F Davis, 52 of 1110 Devenger Road in Greer SC, was traveling South in the right lane when her silver 2010 Toyota Rav4 was struck head on by the Lincoln causing it to travel off the right side of the interstate and overturn.  The following were the passengers with Ms Davis:

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Brenda J Burris, 60 of 303 Summerplace Way in Greer, SC.  

              Gina Lynne Dunn-Mayfield, 54 of 1601 Whispering Oaks Court in Belton Bell, TX

              Kristi Ann Brooks, 50 of 114 Grande Oaks Court in Simpsonville, SC.

 

     All four were taken to Savannah Memorial for their injuries with no updates on their conditions as of this morning.

 

     Melvin Ernest Tucker, 69 of 14844 GA Hwy 41 in Sparks GA, was traveling South in the left lane driving a white 2010 Ford pick-up when the Lincoln struck his vehicle on the rear driver's side pushing the Lincoln back into the center median where it came to a stop against the cables.  Tucker was checked by EMS Personnel on scene and released.

 

The Ridgeland Police Department is investigating the cause of the collision. 

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RIDGELAND MAN GUILTY OF BURGLARY

APRIL 13, 2015

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ALJAQUAN HUGUE

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     Aljaquan Lamont Hugue, 21 of Ridgeland, was sentenced to 4 years in State prison plus 2 years of active probation today after pleading guilty to the March 6, 2014 burglary of a home on East Wilson Street.  Shortly after 1:00 pm that afternoon Ridgeland Officers were dispatched to the residence when the homeowner walked in on Hugue inside of their kitchen after having broken in through a garage door.  Hugue fled the scene running West to the DSS Offices at the corner of Jacob Smart Boulevard and Wilson Street where he changed clothes in the lobby men's room.  He was spotted moments later entering the Pizza Hut Carry Out at 10856 North Jacob Smart Boulevard where he was placed under arrest without further incident.  During a search of his belongings Hugue was found to be in possession of several pieces of jewelry which had been stolen from the same Wilson Street residence during a previously unreported burglary.  Today's sentence was handed down by the Honorable Perry M. Buckner and Hugue was represented by Attorney Robert Hughes of Ridgeland.

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     Aljaquan Hugue has since been charged with a separate second degree burglary in reference to a break in at a residence in the Oakridge Trailer Park Community on February 24, 2014 after DNA evidence collected at the scene returned with a positive match identifying him as the person who broke into the home through a kitchen window while the homeowner was at work and stole numerous items including cash and jewelry.  Prior to his March 6, 2014 arrest Hugue was named as the primary suspect in numerous local business and residential burglaries as well as almost nightly vehicle break ins throughout the Ridgeland town limits. The February 24th burglary at Oakridge Trailer Park still remains outstanding and will be scheduled for a future trial date.

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HELP IN IDENTIFYING SUSPECTS

MARCH 4, 2015

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     The Ridgeland Police Department is asking for the Public's assistance in identifying a suspect involved in a February 23rd shoplifting incident at the Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store at 10847 North Jacob Smart Boulevard around 3:30 p.m.  The suspect was confronted by Store Management outside of the business where he threw the stolen items to the ground and fled the area as Law Enforcement was called.  If you have any information on the identity of the suspect pictured below please call Jasper County Central Dispatch at 843-726-7519 or Sgt. McIntosh at 843-321-0780.  Any information provided will be handled anonymously.

     

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     We are also seeking any information on the identity of a male and female suspect involved in a January 17th larceny at the Pizza Bella Restaurant at 8196 East Main Street.  The subjects were in the restaurant between 6:15 and 7:45 p.m. and left the area without paying after their credit card was declined.

 

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UPDATEOn March 19th a search warrant was executed on the declined credit card used at the Pizza Bella Restaurant leading to the identification of the individuals pictured above as John Richard Cappelmann Jr., 32, and Jessie Jean Cappelmann, 33, of Beaufort SC.  The victim declined prosecution pending restitution made on the outstanding bill.

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SCAM ARTISTS PROWLING RIDGELAND & SURROUNDING AREAS

FEBRUARY 20, 2015

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The Ridgeland Police Department has recently been receiving complaints in reference to suspicious persons in the Town limits presenting themselves as local utility employees, sales people and even cleaning services in an attempt to gain money, credit card numbers, social security numbers and even access to homeowners' property. This scam can come in many forms including by telephone, letter, email and in person.  The perpetrators usually identify themselves as employees of SCE&G, Centurylink, BJWSA, Servpro, etc. and attempt to convince the homeowner that there is some sort of problem with their service or pending emergency that requires them to enter the home in order to check wiring, waterlines, etc.  Once inside the home the subjects will generally attempt to distract the homeowner in order to steal items or, in some instances, "case" the home for weak and/or easily concealed entry points in order to return at a later date and commit a burglary. Telephone calls and emails are sometimes used at which time the suspect will attempt to gain credit card information by telling the victim that their electric, water, phone, internet, etc. service will be interrupted if a certain outstanding fee or balance is not paid immediately.  There have even been cases reported of persons impersonating local Court and City Officials telling victims that they have an outstanding legal balance or tax fee that must be paid in order to avoid anything from wage garnishment to property foreclosure.  An incident occurred on yesterday's date at a West Main Street residence involving two males in a white SUV who gained access to the inside of an elderly female's home by claiming to be SCE&G employees needing to check her home's wiring and even going so far as to offer a fictitious $50 rebate on her electric bill if she allowed them inside.  A similar incident occurred on February 6th when a local business owner received a telephone call from a person attempting to gain credit card information by presenting themselves as a SCE&G customer service representative.

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If someone calls you, emails you or comes to your door claiming to represent any sort of company or local utility please do not hesitate to contact the company they are claiming to represent prior to agreeing to anything they may be saying or allowing them access to any personal information or property.  These perpetrators are known to sometimes appear very legitimate with business cards, letterhead forms and even uniforms and vehicle logos of the companies they claim to represent and will do everything they possibly can to gain your trust and to sway you from calling anyone to verify their story.  Most companies will not send any sort of representative to your home without several days prior notice and any legitimate employee will certainly have no issue with waiting a few moments while you call to verify their information. If the person is persistant in asking you to not contact their respective company, immediately close your door and dial 911.  Below are a few telephone numbers for local utilities and agencies to keep handy in case such an incident should occur and you feel that you may be being victimized. 

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TOWN OF RIDGELAND     843-726-7530

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SCE&G     843-525-7700

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BJWSA     843-987-9200

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HARGRAY     843-815-1600

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CENTURYLINK     800-366-8201

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PALMETTO ELECTRIC     843-726-5551

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DISH NETWORK     855-318-0572

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DIRECTV     800-531-5000

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SERVPRO     843-815-6923

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SUSPECT CHARGED IN 2014 BURGLARY

FEBRUARY 20, 2015

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ALJAQUAN HUGUE

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     A second degree burglary warrant has been issued against Aljaquan Hugue, 21 of Ridgeland, stemming from a February 24, 2014 incident at an Oakridge Trailer Park residence at 700 North Green Street.  Officers responded to the residence during the late afternoon hours after the homeowner returned from work to find that someone had broken into the home through a kitchen window and stolen several items to include electronics and cash.  Evidence recovered from inside of the residence was submitted to the Beaufort County Forensics Laboratory for DNA analysis which returned on yesterday's date with a positive match identifying Hugue as the person who committed the burglary. 

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     Hugue is currently being held at the Charleston County Detention Center awaiting trial stemming from a March 6, 2014 burglary at an East Wilson Street residence where he was caught inside of the residence by the homeowner at which time he fled on foot to the DSS Offices at 10908 North Jacob Smart Boulevard where he changed clothes in the lobby men's room.  He was then spotted by Investigators as he entered the Pizza Hut Carry Out at 10856 North Jacob where he was taken into custody without further incident.

 

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RIDGELAND MAN SENTENCED TO 3 YEARS IN PRISON

JANUARY 12, 2015

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                      JEROME ANTWAUN BARNES                          LEN GILBERT JR.

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     Jerome Barnes, 24 of Ridgeland, was sentenced to a total of 3 years in prison today after pleading guilty to Possession of Schedule II Narcotics 2nd Offense & Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd Offense.  Barnes' charges stemmed from a November 28, 2013 incident on West Main Street at the North Railroad Avenue intersection where he was arrested and charged by the Ridgeland Police Department after being found asleep behind the wheel of a black Pontiac Trans Am in the lane of travel with a quantity of narcotics in his lap just after 5:00 a.m.  Barnes' passenger Len Gilbert Jr., 24 of Ridgeland, was also arrested and charged with Possession of Crack Cocaine as well as Unlawful Carry of a Pistol after being found asleep in the passenger seat with a 40 caliber handgun in his lap.  He received a sentence of probation after pleading guilty to the charges in February of 2014.  Both sentences were handed down by The Honorable Carmen T. Mullen.  Jerome Barnes was represented by Attorney Jim Brown of Beaufort and Len Gilbert was represented by Attorney Robert Hughes of Ridgeland.

 

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