Hopkins’ brushes with law detailed in Florence County records

November 18, 2018

Frederick Hopkins Jr.

FLORENCE, S.C. – Five years before allegedly ambushing Florence County officers who were serving a search warrant on his adopted son, Seth, Frederick T. Hopkins Jr. allegedly assaulted a man taking pictures of his 932 Ashton Drive home.

On Oct. 3, 2013, a 55-year-old male working for Florence County reported that he had been attacked by Frederick Hopkins, according to records provided in response to a Freedom of Information request from the Morning News. The man was at the Hopkins residence to investigate the possible violation of a county ordinance when Hopkins emerged from the residence to confront him.

“According to [the man], Hopkins grabbed him, flipped him over onto his back, and jerked [the man’s] camera off his wrist which broke the strap,” Deputy Sara Miller said in the report. “[The man] informed me that Hopkins then handed the camera to his son, Seth Hopkins, and Hopkins ordered him to take the camera inside and delete the pictures off the camera.”

The officer noted that Hopkins said he had returned the camera after Seth deleted the pictures.

Hopkins was arrested on a charge of assault and battery in the third degree.

Hopkins is being held in a Richland County detention center after being charged with two counts of murder and multiple counts of attempted murder in connection with the shooting on Oct. 3 at his home in the Vintage Place subdivision. Florence police Sgt. Terrence Carraway died that day, and Florence County Sheriff’s Office investigator Farrah Turner died 19 days later.

The Oct. 3, 2013 arrest, exactly five years before the ambush, was not the Hopkins’ first interaction with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office.

On April 19, Hopkins located an Xbox that was stolen from another one of his sons.

On March 8, Cpl. Joshua Dean investigated the habitual running away of one of Hopkins’ foster children. The child is described as a 15-year-old male born in 2002. Hopkins also reported that some of his weapons were missing but was not sure of a connection between the child and the weapons.

On Jan. 8, Deputy Justin Bostick investigated a report from Hopkins’ wife, Cheryl Turner Hopkins, of a missing perfume set. The Hopkinses believe their son stole the perfume, according to investigators.

On May 31, 2017, two reports were filed. First, Frederick Hopkins reported that his truck was stolen. He later reported that his daughter brought the truck back and that he didn’t want to press charges against her. Later, another of Hopkins’ sons took the daughter to Hartsville, where he left her. The daughter also reported that the son assaulted her 15-year-old brother. The brother, the son and Frederick Hopkins all said the son must have tripped and fallen.

On Dec. 9, 2016, Deputy Chris Patton investigated when a child was reported missing at the Hopkins home. Seth Hopkins helped the deputy search for the child.

On March 27, 2015, Deputy Ronnie Harris investigated when Frederick Hopkins was reported missing by Seth Hopkins.

Also in 2015, court records indicate that Hopkins was charged with two counts of evading police. One of the counts was a second offense and the other was a third offense.

On June 30, 2014, Hopkins provided a counterfeit $100 bill while Deputy Ryan Huggins was investigating another matter. Hopkins reported locating the bill on the road outside his home.

On Feb. 18, 2014, Deputy Gregory Parish investigated a report of an assault of Frederick Hopkins by one of his children.

Sometime in 2014, Frederick Hopkins was charged with disorderly conduct.

On Dec. 5, 2013, Cheryl Hopkins was allegedly assaulted by one of her children over a stolen check. The child also allegedly struck another child at the home and struggled with Seth Hopkins. Deputy Jason Bazen investigated.

On Oct. 2, 2013, Frederick Hopkins reported that his daughter had been struck by another student at Sneed Middle School.

On Sept. 5, 2013, Deputy Marlon Mack investigated when Frederick Hopkins reported that dirt bikes in his garage were missing. Hopkins believed his daughter’s friends stole the bikes after he told them they couldn’t ride the bikes.

On May 21, 2013, Hopkins reported that the repairman he sent golf carts to had failed to return them.

On May 20, 2013, the Hopkinses’ son attempted to break into their home.

On May 26, 2012, a neighbor reported one of the Hopkins children had taken things from his truck.

On July, 11, 2011, the Hopkinses reported $1,000 had been stolen from them.

On June 3, 2011, Frederick Hopkins reported his camera had been stolen.

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