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.
The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office has continued to investigate the deadly shooting that occurred on Sunny Lane in Pickens during the evening hours on Saturday, April 28, 2018.
Robin Janette Smith (39 yoa) was found deceased in the driveway of #110 Sunny Lane with what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds.
Paul Scott Bennett (58 yoa) of #110 Sunny Lane is still detained in the Pickens County Detention Center after a Pickens County Magistrate denied bond earlier today on the two previously reported charges of Murder and Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime.
The investigation is still on-going and detectives thus far have determined that the incident stemmed from a verbal confrontation that started earlier Saturday afternoon.
Mr. Bennett called authorities at approximately 4:30pm on Saturday and stated that he had been personally shot at by trespassers on his property.
Deputies arrived on the scene to investigate; however, Bennett recanted his story and stated that no one had been on his property and that he had heard gunshots in the distance by an unknown party.
Detectives do not believe that any other person fired any shots during the fatal encounter and the only weapon recovered at the scene was a .9mm handgun that detectives have reason to believe was brought to the encounter by Mr. Bennett.
Again, this case is still under investigation and no further information will be released at this time until additional interviews can be conducted and detectives have had time to complete the investigation.
The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the alleged kidnapping of a woman from her residence on Holly Springs School Rd. that occurred at approximately 9:30am on Sunday, April 15, 2018.
Pickens County was notified at approximately 12:30pm yesterday by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office in reference to an abandoned Jeep Cherokee registered to a Pickens County resident. The vehicle was found on the roadside of Highway 183 near the Oconee Nuclear Station in Oconee County.
As Pickens County deputies were responding to the Pickens County residence to investigate, Oconee authorities advised that they had located the owner of the vehicle nearby after allegedly being forced from the vehicle by an unknown assailant and physically thrown into Lake Keowee.
A joint investigation between Oconee and Pickens County has determined that an unknown male wearing an orange colored mask allegedly abducted the female (66yoa) from her residence on Holly Springs School Rd. as she was attempting to enter her vehicle.
The unknown male forced the victim to drive him to various locations near the lake and at approximately 11:00am he made her stop the vehicle near the bridge on Hwy 183 and exit the vehicle. The suspect forced the victim to go with him down through a wooded area to the water’s edge where she was pushed into the lake.
A security officer from the Oconee Nuclear Station later observed the female in the water near the facility’s property and was able to provide her with assistance.
The victim did not sustain any serious injuries and the suspect has not been identified or located. The motive for the incident has yet to be determined.
The assailant is further described as being approximately 6’ tall with a medium build. He was last seen wearing a blue sweat shirt and black pants. His race is unknown at this time.
Anyone that may have any information regarding this incident is asked to call the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office at (864) 898-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.