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Police Blotter

Posted: January 3, 2012 - 8:24pm  |  Updated: January 18, 2012 - 2:26am

Movie rental leads to fight

A North Augusta woman reported she had been assaulted by another woman while she attempted to check out a movie at Redbox on Dec. 23.

According to North Augusta Public Safety incident reports, the 31-year-old victim was renting a video from Redbox at Circle K, 1014 Edgefield Road, around 6 p.m. when the woman behind her complained about it taking too long and used profanity.

When the victim started to leave, she said, the other woman shoved her, grabbed her by the hair and started punching her.

The suspect left before officers arrived.

 

Park is vandalized

A North Augusta resident reported vandalism Dec. 26 at Walnut Lane Park.

North Augusta Public Safety responded to the park and found nine broken fence slats and profanity written on other portions of the fence.

 

Man tries to hit officer

A North Augusta man has been charged after he fled from a North Augusta Public Safety officer and tried to run him over around 1 a.m. Dec. 26.

After the officer turned on his blue lights at Old Edgefield Road for a car traveling 20 mph over the speed limit, the vehicle sped off and ran a stop sign at Martintown Road.

According to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report, the officer stepped out of his vehicle with his gun drawn on Womrath Drive, where he said the suspect tried to run over him.

The suspect, later identified as Preston Jones, 27, of Bradley Drive, continued to drive until losing control

of the vehicle with two flat tires on Bradleyville Road.

Jones told officers he fled because he had been drinking and had a suspended license.

He was charged with driving under the influence, driving under suspension, resisting arrest and open container. The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office also sought a warrant for attempted murder.

Another occupant in the vehicle fled the scene.

 

Shoplifter captured

An Augusta man who was the subject of a Dec. 17 North Augusta manhunt after he fled police was arrested Dec. 26.

Brandon Wesley Tucker, 25, was arrested by Richmond County sheriff's deputies around 9:50 a.m. in the 3000 block of Washington Road.

Tucker crawled out of a North Augusta police cruiser window after his arrest for shoplifting Dec. 17 at the Knox Avenue Walmart, according to previous reports.

His escape, which police said occurred while officers searched nearby for a gun Tucker was believed to have stolen, led to a manhunt involving Aiken and Richmond county bloodhounds that was later called off.

Tucker faces charges of shoplifting, escape, assault and a parole violation.

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