Authorities Investigating More Carjackings in Greenville

What the hell is going on in Greenville these days? Stay sharp people, there’s a carjacking spree going on:

GREENVILLE, SC — The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a robbery and carjacking that occurred late Wednesday night.

The first incident happened outside a residence on North Florida Avenue. According to a Sheriff’s Office spokesman, a man approached a woman in the driveway and pointed a gun at her and robbed her. A short time later, the Sheriff’s Office spokesman said that the man and another person carjacked an individual at gunpoint outside a home inside a mobile home park on Anderson Road around 10:30 p.m.

Deputies are looking for a 2000 white Honda Accord with 2 doors. If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Be careful out there.

Greenville County Mother Carjacked in Her Own Garage

Near the Furman campus apparently. The suspects are still on the loose so be careful out there:

Greenville County deputies are still looking for two men who carjacked a mother and her two young children Friday night.
It happened after 7:00 pm off Watkins Bridge Road, near Furman University.
Tami Strong says it still feels “unreal” to her. “You don’t expect to be sitting in your garage at your home, and have someone rob you,” she says.

Strong says she was just returning from a trip to the movies with her children, and pulled in to her garage. “I turned around after about a minute of sitting there, and there’s a shotgun in my face.”

The men told Strong to give them her wallet and keys. She grabbed the children and they took off.
The car was later driven into a pawn shop off Gentry Memorial Highway in Pickens County, but the men managed to get away.

Brazen and dangerous. Keep your eyes open near Furman, I bet they’ll strike again.

This is Why You Lock Your Car Doors: Woman Kidnapped in Greenville Carjacking

When 24-year-old Jessica Mercer pulled up to the intersection of Edwards and Ike Roads early yesterday afternoon she, like a lot of people, didn’t give the fact her car doors were unlocked a second thought. Then an unknown assailant entered her car from the passenger side and drew a knife, directing the terrified woman to Cherrydale where he robbed her and ran off.

She was lucky. Many people taken to secondary crime scenes are raped and often murdered. It is for this reason most competent self defense experts will tell you never to comply with a demand that you leave the vicinity with an assailant. You have a better chance of surviving being shot or stabbed in a public place where you will be discovered than in some deserted area a criminal has picked out as a good place to rob, rape or murder you. All too often they are looking to do all three, and not necessarily in that order.

Keep your car doors locked at all times, and passenger window closed. If you don’t want a gun for self defense there are plenty of pepper sprays out there. Bear spray is a potent form of pepper spray that comes packaged in units with longer ranges than regular sprays. Because it’s made for bears it’s much more effective than self-defense sprays, but also more likely to cause a bad reaction in someone it’s used on. South Carolina is lousy with Taser distributors and those devices are fairly effective. Please check the laws in your locality before making any of these purchases.

Nothing beats a snub nosed revolver, in my humble opinion, for putting an end to a carjacking spree but I understand some of you bleeding hearts out there may not want to kill a man who’s planning on raping you to death so there you go.

Deputies Nab Man Who Carjacked His Own Grandma

Brandon Gosnell

Nothing says rock bottom quite like carjacking your own grandmother.  And the Friday night carjacking was just the beginning of the havoc caused in three counties by 20-year-old Brandon Earl Gosnell.

Anderson deputies said they got a call that Gosnell had carjacked his own grandmother. They said he grabbed her by the throat, forced her from her car, robbed her and then drove off toward Spartanburg.

In Spartanburg County, deputies said Gosnell went to a relative’s house near Fingerville Saturday morning. They said he kicked in the door, threw several personal items inside and left.

While he was leaving, two of the men who lived there went outside. Police said Gosnell fired his shotgun at both of them and missed both times.

Deputies said he drove away and then ditched the car and ran off into some woods. They said he found an old red Ford truck in the woods and stole it from a hunter.

Spartanburg County sent out a “be on the lookout” alert, and a few hours later, Anderson County deputies spotted him.

“There was a challenge, there were some shots fired and the suspect was taken into custody and is being treated for apparently non life-threatening injuries,” said Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Daryl Loftis.

The situation ended in Greenville County, just past the county line.

Gosnell faces charges of assault and battery with intent to kill, burglary, and possession of a stolen vehicle charges in Spartanburg County. He will face charges in Anderson County as well.

Update:

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) has charged Gosnell with seven counts of assault with intent to kill.  Deputies say he pointed a shotgun at them after the chase.  In addition, it is alleged that during his rampage Gosnell fired a shotgun at a group of five firefighters standing in front of the West Pelzer Fire Department.  The ACSO has also charged Gosnell with driving under suspension, failure to stop a motor vehicle when signaled by law enforcement, carjacking, and strong armed robbery.

Accused Wal-Mart Shoplifter Caught After Police Chase

Illya Salter of Greenville, accused of shoplifting, carjacking, & many other chargesIf you have multiple outstanding warrants for your arrest, ripping off a Wal-Mart and committing a carjacking to make your escape probably isn’t the best idea. Apparently 35-year-old Illya Salter could have used that advice this afternoon.

Police said the suspect swung a pair of scissors at a worker who tried to detain him for shoplifting at a Wal-Mart on 6134 White Horse Road, according to warrants. The suspect then forced a man from his silver 2004 Toyota Camry, a warrant said. Deputies pursued the suspect in a brief car chase before he crashed into a tree on Sumter Street, said Lt. Scott Wilson of the Greenville County Sherriff’s Office.

During the chase, Salter reportedly hit several vehicles. One person had to be hospitalized, deputies said.  WYFF4 spoke to witnesses at the scene:

Witnesses said police eventually used a Taser to subdue Salter.

“When he made the left, he couldn’t make it,” said Gary Stokes. “He skidded on rubber on one tire gone and went under the fence. I went out the back door and jumped the fence to see where he was while they were chasing him.”

Salter is being held at Greenville County Detention Center.  Inmate holds indicate he was wanted in connection with fraud involving Anderson County Bank and a shoplifting and assault in Greer. Charges pending as of 9:30 p.m. Saturday included forgery, two counts of armed robbery, possessing a weapon during a violent crime, shoplifting, trespassing, carjacking, driving under suspension, and failure to stop for a blue light.

Salter is expected back in court on Feb. 26, 2010.

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