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Deputies investigating SUV taken at gunpoint Tuesday afternoon

Gaston, SC 10/26/2022 (Paul Kirby) – Investigators with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department are searching for a suspect in an alleged carjacking that ended with an SUV being stolen at gunpoint. According to a redacted report released to The Lexington Ledger by the Sheriff’s Department, this frightening crime happened at approximately 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, on Shumpert Road in the Gaston community.


The driver of the car is the mother-in-law of its owner. She had driven the black, 2005, Saturn Vue to a local bus stop to pick up children who were riding home from school on the bus. According to the report, while the victim was waiting for the bus to pull up, a man described as a younger black man approached the victim and pointed a possibly black and purple or blue handgun at her. He told her he would kill her if she didn’t give him the car. The woman told deputies that she was in fear for her life, so she exited the SUV. Once out of the vehicle, the suspect demanded she turn over her phone to him as well. The reporting deputy said in his notes that he presumed the man wanted the phone to keep her from being able to dial 911 as soon as he left with the vehicle. Once the man took the SUV and fled, she ran home and immediately called the 911 and the Sheriff’s Department was dispatched.

Deputies were quick to arrive and began taking statements. Meanwhile, other deputies began circulating the area looking for the Saturn and a countywide Be On The Lookout (BOLO) was broadcast to all law enforcment agencies. Because the thief also took her phone, deputies contacted the victim’s cellular provider and had them ping the phone. That was unsuccessful according to the phone’s service provider.


As of this afternoon, and because of the rural area of the incident, no helpful surveillance video has been located. Investigators are working hard on this case now in hopes they’ll catch a break. If someone has seen or heard something about this crime,that information could be just the tip they need to locate the missing car, and the arrest of the suspect. Even if you don’t live or work in that area of the county, you may have heard something or seen this car. If you do live in the area and have outdoor cameras that might have caught the vehicle, a stranger walking in the vicinity of the crime scene on Shumpert Road, or know anything else out of the ordinary that might help solve this case, please help by passing that information to law enforcement through CRIMESTOPPERS in any of the ways listed here:


Go through CRIMESTOPPERS on their website at www.midlandscrimestoppers.com, through their FREE P3 app available in any app store, or by calling them at 1-888-CRIME SC (1-888-274-6372). If you’d rather, you can also phone the LCSD direct at (803) 785-8230. One of the last prompts will get you through to a person that can direct you further how to share your information.


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