Santee man arrested in joint operation

Suspect sought in 3-county crime spree charged with attempted murder

BY SHARRON HALEY
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 9/5/18

MANNING - A 27-year-old Manning man was arrested Monday after leading authorities across a three-county area on a crime spree that began on Aug. 24, according to Clarendon County Sheriff's Office.

Lamont Michael-Bryant Smith has been charged with …

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Santee man arrested in joint operation

Suspect sought in 3-county crime spree charged with attempted murder

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MANNING - A 27-year-old Santee man was arrested Monday after leading authorities across a three-county area on a crime spree that began on Aug. 24, according to Clarendon County Sheriff's Office.

Lamont Michael-Bryant Smith has been charged with breach of trust/obtaining goods under false pretenses by Clarendon County Sheriff's Office, grand larceny over $10,000 by Manning Police Department and attempted armed robbery and attempted murder by West Columbia Police Department.

Smith was arrested in the North Charleston area on Monday after a deputy with Clarendon County Sheriff's Office received information that placed Smith in that area. Law enforcement officers with Clarendon County Sheriff's Office and Manning Police Department along with assistance from the State Law Enforcement Division, North Charleston Police Department and Charleston County Sheriff's Office were able to arrest Smith, whom authorities considered armed and dangerous, without incident and recover a vehicle that Smith had reportedly stolen on Aug. 24.

"There was outstanding cooperation of multiple agencies working together that led to a quick and peaceful resolution to this case and stopped any further criminal activity by this suspect," said Clarendon County Sheriff Tim Baxley on Tuesday afternoon.

On Aug. 26, Smith was arrested by Clarendon sheriff's office on charges of breach of trust after he was seen on a surveillance video passing fake $100 bills at a convenience store on Dingle Pond Road in the North Santee area. He was taken to the Clarendon County Detention Center, where he paid his bond and left the jail about 9 a.m.

Thirty minutes later, a tan 2013 GMC pickup truck was stolen from a gas station approximately nine blocks from the jail while the truck's owner was inside the store. Officers with Manning police responded to the store and recovered the truck owner's cellphone, which had been inside the stolen truck, lying in the roadway less than a half mile south of the store. According to authorities, locating the cellphone gave them a "direction of travel" for the stolen truck which aided in their investigation. Later that same day, deputies with the Clarendon sheriff's office who were present when Smith was arrested that morning were able to identify Smith as the person who reportedly stole the truck.

For the next week, Clarendon sheriff's office and the Manning department made multiple attempts to locate Smith both in Orangeburg County and the Santee area, where his mother resides, as well as hotels in that area that he was known to frequent.

On Sept. 1, a woman who was attempting to use an ATM in the West Columbia area was approached by a man who attempted to rob her at gunpoint before shooting her in the hand and fleeing the scene. Using the bank's video surveillance, Clarendon County deputies were able to identify the man in the attempted robbery and shooting as Smith. Following this incident, Smith was sought by Clarendon sheriff's office, Manning police, West Columbia police, the United States Marshals Service and SLED.

From Sept. 1 through Sept. 3, the Manning department received information that traffic cameras in the North Charleston picked up images of the stolen truck. On Sept. 3, Clarendon sheriff's office received information on where Smith was hiding out in the North Charleston area, and he was arrested later that day.

Smith, whose bond has been denied, is being held in Lexington County Detention Center.