A suspect wanted for attempted murder that eluded police in South Carolina was finally captured in rural Weakley County after a chase that involved sheriff’s deputies, Dresden police and the assistance of at least one witness. Considered armed and dangerous by Orangeburg County Sheriff’s office, Nathaniel Isaiah Roberts of Neeses, South Carolina, was sought in connection with a Jan. 29 first-degree assault and battery charge and was already out on bond after a Jan. 16 incident of alleged aggravated assault involving his mother.
On Tuesday, the 911 Center in Dresden received a call at 9:05 a.m. that a man, later identified as Roberts, was walking toward Dresden on State Highway 54. Weakley County deputies and Dresden police saw the man run into the woods near Snake Hill Road. Officers searched the wooded area and were then notified that a civilian had spotted him near Macedonia Church Road and Sharon Highway 89.
As deputies arrived, he again ran into a wooded area and was eventually caught by deputies just off Sharon Highway 89.
The officers discovered that Roberts, whose age is listed as 19 and 20 on various incident reports, was wanted by Orangeburg County on charges of attempted murder, discharging a firearm into a dwelling, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and criminal conspiracy.
Weakley County deputies have charged Roberts with being a fugitive from justice and he will be extradited by South Carolina.
According to a press release issued by Richard Walker, Media Director for the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office, on Friday, Feb. 1, Sheriff Leroy Ravenell charged Colten Williams, 19; David Williams, 17; and Justin Williams, 25, with four counts attempted murder, first-degree burglary, criminal conspiracy, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, and firing into a dwelling. Roberts was sought in connection with those charges.
“These individuals seem to have thought that after a disagreement, they could go into someone else’s home and start shooting,” Ravenell said. “They have another thing coming. There are consequences for their actions.”
Bond was denied on Colten and David Williams. Bond was set on Justin Williams at $160,000 cash or surety.
The charges result from an incident of a Neeses family reporting multiple gunmen broke into their home around 8 p.m. Jan. 29 as the family sat down to watch TV.
The four victims, which included two juveniles, said the gunmen opened fire after breaking the door open.
One of the intruders then stated, “you thought we were playing, huh, punk,” according to a warrant.
A 15-year-old teen attempted to flee by running down a hallway but was struck at least once in the hip by a bullet.
The victims said they recognized at least two of the gunmen in spite of their wearing a bandana over their faces.
As the gunmen fled the residence, the victims heard more gunfire striking the side of the house as their assailants reportedly fled in a vehicle.
The 15-year-old teen was the only one injured. He was transported to a Midlands hospital for treatment.
Investigators say the shooting may have stemmed from an argument over a female.
The incident occurred as Roberts was out on a $5000 bond after he was picked up by Orangeburg County deputies on the morning of Jan. 15 for first-degree assault and battery.
The sheriff’s office incident report stated that Roberts’ 44-year-old mother called to report that her son had become irate after she refused a request for money. She said he told her, “I will kill you and take your soul” before firing multiple rounds from a .22 caliber rifle, according to the report.
Officers spotted Roberts running to a nearby wood line where they apprehended him. After being mirandized, Roberts reportedly agreed to answer questions without legal representation. He admitted to firing the rifle and, according to the report, stated that due to his PTSD “everyday he thinks about killing someone.”
Deputies collected a .22-caliber rifle as evidence along with four shell casings at the residence.
Roberts appeared before Orangeburg County Magistrate Derrick Dash and bond was set at $5,000 cash or surety for the incident involving his mother. On Jan. 16, Roberts posted bail at the Orangeburg County Detention Center. In less than two weeks, the home invasion occurred. A week later Roberts was apprehended in Weakley County.
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