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Graniteville Man Arrested after Armed Confrontation at Edgefield
web posted October 12, 2012
EDGEFIELD – A Graniteville man is
bars after pointing a gun at an Edgefield business owner who had
repossessed his car and threatened to kill the businessman on Wednesday
afternoon. Jalen Devaughn Simpkins, 19, was arrested near the scene on
Jeter Street and the pistol recovered from Simpkins was found to be
stolen out of Aiken County, adding to the charges.
According to an incident report released on Thursday, Simpkins arrived
at the business and told the owner he wanted to retrieve personal items
out of the repossessed car. During the conversation an argument ensued
when Simpkins said he was going to take possession of the car and
leave. The owner told Simpkins if he tried to take the car law
enforcement would be called.
It was then that Simpkins is said to have pulled a black in color
pistol from his waistband and pointed it at the business owner's head
saying, "I will blow your brains out," the report stated. Witnesses at
the business called 911 to report the situation and provided
information to dispatchers as Simpkins left the scene.
Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies and Edgefield Police converged on
the area within moments and located Simpkins and took him into custody
without incident. The stolen 9 mm Ruger pistol was seized as evidence.
As of Thursday night, Simpkins remains behind bars on charges of
assault and battery in the first degree, possession of stolen goods,
and pointing and presenting a firearm at a person. Online court records
did not show a bond hearing at this time.
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