Police: North Augusta man used machetes to threaten people, destroy property

January 11, 2019

A North Augusta man was charged Wednesday in connection with an incident that occurred on Seymour Drive in August 2018.

Adrian Jerome Washington Jr., 22, is charged with armed robbery and two counts of first-degree assault and battery, according to jail records.

He is also on a detainer hold for the Saluda County Sheriff’s Office, records show.

On Aug. 8, 2018, Aiken County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 600 block of Seymour Drive in reference to a disturbance, according to the report.

Upon arrival, investigators spoke with the 50-year-old victim who claimed the suspect had recently been allowed to stay at his home with him and his girlfriend until he could find a place of his own, the report states.

He said the suspect came into the residence upset about missing money and blamed the victims, claiming they had stolen it from him, according to the report.

During the argument, the suspect then produced two machetes and starting acting out violently, the report states.

One victim said he tried to “hug” the suspect in an attempt to calm him down, but it did not work, the report states.

The suspect then started waving the machetes around and proceeded to use one to chop up and destroy the victim’s television located in the living room, according to the report.

The victim claimed the suspect then made threats toward him and his girlfriend, saying he was going to “cut some heads,” the report states.

The suspect also grabbed some money from the female victim, claiming it was his and he was taking it; he also “stabbed the walls” and broke a cellphone belonging to one of the victims, police reported.

The two victims fled to a neighbor’s home to call police, but, by the time deputies arrived, the suspect had fled the area.

Investigators reported seeing the damage in the home caused by the machetes.

Both victims told deputies they wanted to pursue charges against the suspect. Police then issued warrants for Washington’s arrest.

Washington was located by Aiken Public Safety officers on Wednesday and arrested for his active warrants. He was taken to the Aiken County detention center, where he was still being held Thursday afternoon.

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