LAKE CITY, S.C. − An Olanta man faced kidnapping and carjacking charges Saturday morning in connection with a Frierson Road incident that happened shortly after a Lake City police officer was killed following a vehicle pursuit.
Jermaine Ryan Roberson, 29, of 4812 Woods Bay Road, is charged with one count each of kidnapping, carjacking without great bodily harm, first-degree assault and battery, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and second-offense failure to stop for blue lights without injury or death.
The incident happened on Frierson Road, which is near where the fatal Lake City pursuit ended.
“Roberson is alleged to have approached the victim’s vehicle on Frierson Road, Lake City, stated that he was armed with a firearm, entered the vehicle and instructed the victim to drive. At some point Roberson is alleged to have pushed the victim out of the vehicle, resulting in injury to the victim,” Maj. Mike Nunn wrote in a Florence County Sheriff’s Office media advisory.
“Shortly after, a Florence County Sheriff’s Office deputy spotted a vehicle matching the description of the stolen vehicle and after a pursuit, the deputy initiated a PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) maneuver on Central Road near Olanta, which caused the suspect vehicle to run into a ditch,” according to Nunn.
“The suspect driver was taken into custody by the deputy at that time. The deputy was injured while taking the suspect into custody and was transported to an area hospital for medical treatment,” Nunn wrote. “The deputy is expected to recover from the injuries.”
SLED agents are investigating the death of Lake City police Lt. John Stewart, who died following a pursuit that ended on Matthews Road near Lake City, approximately one-half mile north of U.S. 378.
There is a person of interest in the case, Lake City Police Chief Joseph “Jody” Cooper said at a Friday evening press conference, but he declined to make further comment.
The sheriff’s office indicated that county investigators and SLED agents are looking into the two cases for connections.
Roberson, at his initial appearance before a Florence County magistrate, has his bond set at $618 on the possession charge and denied on all others.