The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is currently conducting a joint investigation with the Liberty Fire Department into the circumstances of a structural fire that occurred this morning at 401 Morning Dew Court.
A fire was reported at approximately 11:20am with information that a residence was on fire and that an occupant may be trapped inside the residence. Fire and EMS personnel arrived on the scene and discovered heavy smoke inside the single story modular home.
An adult female advised first responders that she lived at the location and was asleep when she was woken up by the sound of her dog barking. The interior of the residence was filled with dark smoke and she escaped through a bedroom window.
Fire Service personnel located an adult male inside the residence that had not been able to escape. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Preliminary investigation has indicated that there were only two adults inside the residence when the incident occurred and both subjects are not blood related yet reside together along with another adult who was not at the scene when the incident occurred.
The Sheriff’s Office has requested specialized services from the SC Law Enforcement Division to assist in the investigation of the cause and origin of the fire.
Inquiries as to the identity of the deceased should be directed to the Pickens County Coroner’s Office.
The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office has located and arrested the inmate within the past half hour that escaped from the Pickens County Detention Center earlier this morning.
A deputy located Jonathon Ray Jefferson Neal (24yoa) at a residence on Hwy 8. After a brief foot chase, he was taken into custody without any further use of force.
He was transported back to the Detention Center where his status will be upgraded from a minimum to a high risk security level. He now will face the additional charge of Escape.
Statements made by Mr. Jefferson Neal to the arresting deputy indicated that the motivation for his escape was merely to see his family.
Sheriff Rick Clark stated…
“The residents of Pickens County are fortunate to have the caliber of deputies that work for the citizens at the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.
The tenacity and commitment displayed today by our personnel to locate and return this man to justice so quickly speaks volumes in regards to their efforts and service to our community.
My hat is certainly off to the arresting deputy. Job well done!”
The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office was requested to provide assistance to the SC Highway Patrol in reference to a suspicious person on the Doodle Trail near Rice Rd in Easley. The incident occurred Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at approximately 7:15pm.
Deputies arrived on the scene and interviewed an adult witness (33yoa) who stated that she was riding a bicycle on the Doodle Trail when she observed another adult male riding a bicycle. The male attempted to speak to the female but she was unable to understand him due to a language barrier.
The witness came to a stop on the trail as the male continued to ride on down the trail. A couple of minutes passed as the male rode out of sight. The witness proceeded on down the path on her bicycle and as she proceeded around a curve, she observed the same male standing on the side of the trail facing the wood railing and urinating towards the wooded area.
The witness observed a SC State Trooper and flagged him down in order to report the incident. Deputies attempted to interview the male (23yoa) but also experienced difficulty in communicating due to the individual did not speak English. Deputies accessed a language, assistance line that allowed them to communicate with the individual.
The male stated that he did not have access to a restroom and that no one was around when he started to urinate.
Deputies contacted a Pickens County Magistrate and presented the facts of the incident. The Judge stated that the activity did not meet the statutory threshold for a criminal violation of Indecent Exposure as the conduct lacked the elements of willful and malicious intent to offend others.
The deputies did not see any indications that the male was under the influence of alcohol or any other drug.
Reports on social media describing circumstances of a male intentionally exposing himself while in a state of arousal are unfounded based on the information provided to deputies and the information provided in a sworn statement from the witness.
The Sheriff’s Office has not received any other reports of similar activity on the Doodle Trail.
Kyle Daniel Moon
The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office has charged a man from Six Mile in the theft of a stolen bread truck while it was parked at the Dollar General Store located at 2308 Liberty Hwy.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to the report of a truck having been stolen from the parking lot of the Dollar General at approximately 8:30am on Thursday, May 17, 2018. Witnesses at the business stated that an unknown man had walked up to the store and moments later he was observed driving away in the vehicle at a high rate of speed.
The stolen 2013 Isuzu box truck valued at approximately $45,000.00 was loaded with bread at the time of the theft.
The Sheriff’s Office developed several leads throughout the morning and the vehicle was located at a residence on Mountain View Church Rd. late last night.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Kyle Daniel Moon (27yoa) of Six Mile at the residence after the investigation revealed that Moon was positively identified as the man that had originally stolen the vehicle and later drove it to Mountain View Rd.
It was at this location that witnesses stated Moon proceeded to distribute the bread products from the vehicle to various individuals just prior to being arrested.
Mr. Moon is expected to be arraigned by a Pickens County Magistrate later today.
A mug shot has been attached to this release.
The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two men involved in the theft of over 200 feet of copper wire that belonged to AT&T.
The investigation was initiated on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 after AT&T personnel discovered that an operational phone cable had been cut and removed from an overhead line system located on Dacusville Highway near North Ballard Drive. The copper is valued in excess of $2000.00.
The Sheriff’s Office has obtained multiple images of two men believed to be the suspects in this incident.
Detectives are requesting that anyone with information that could assist in the identification of these men in the attached photos to please contact the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office at (864) 898-5501 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.