Aiken man faces multiple charges stemming from three incidents in 2018

February 9, 2019

An Aiken man was arrested Thursday and faces multiple charges from separate incidents involving both the Aiken Department of Public Safety and the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.

Mario Callio Gilbert, 36, of the 100 block of Lawrence Street, is charged with second-degree domestic violence, third-degree assault and battery, three counts of kidnapping, malicious injury to property, giving false information to police, communicating obscene messages to another person and unlawful communication, according to jail records.

The first incident involving Gilbert took place Sept. 2, 2018, when Aiken County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a disturbance at an apartment complex on Jennison Place in Clearwater, according to the report.

Upon arrival, deputies met with a 30-year-old woman who claimed to have witnessed Gilbert assault a 32-year-old woman outside the apartment complex, the report states.

She said she heard children crying outside and walked out to find Gilbert holding the victim in a “headlock” and, during the incident, he threatened to shoot her if she didn’t go back inside the apartment, police reported.

Investigators tried to get in contact with the victim, but they were unsuccessful.

On Sept. 10, 2018, deputies responded to a second incident at the same apartment, involving the same victim, according to the report.

Police were able to speak directly with the victim this time and she claimed Gilbert, her ex-boyfriend, had been harassing her over social media since Sept. 3, the report states.

She said Gilbert told her he was going to “ruin her life” and “shoot her on contact,” police reported.

On Sept. 21, 2018, deputies were called out to the intersection of Morgan Street and Dry Branch Road in Aiken, where they met with a 34-year-old Aiken woman claiming Gilbert threw a brick at the windshield of her vehicle, according to the report.

The victim told police she was dropping off a friend nearby, when Gilbert came out of the woods and threw the brick, causing her windshield to bust.

Gilbert then ran back into the woods.

Investigators searched the area, but were unable to locate Gilbert.

After a few months of successfully evading police, Gilbert was involved a traffic stop on Thursday on Whiskey Road in Aiken, according to the report.

An officer with Aiken Public Safety initiated the stop in the parking lot of the Pelican’s Snoballs after the license plate on the vehicle did not match the car for which it was registered.

Courtni Nicole Schmitt, 35, of Aiken, was driving the vehicle with Gilbert in the passenger seat, police reported.

The officer reported seeing digital scales inside the car, which are commonly used to measure amounts of illicit drugs.

A K-9 was called out to the scene to conduct a free air sniff of the vehicle, and the dog alerted. A search was conducted on the car with police finding a bag of meth and jar of marijuana, along with several prescription pills, police reported.

Gilbert originally gave the officer his name as “Terrance Wade,” but his South Carolina ID was found in his wallet.

Gilbert and Schmitt were both arrested Thursday and taken to the Aiken County detention center, where they both continued to be held Friday morning.

Schmitt was charged with possession of less than one gram of methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance, jail records show.

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