An alleged early morning home burglary in Joanna has resulted in two people jailed and two people receiving emergency hospital care.
Laurens County Deputy Timothy Byrd was dispatched at 4:15 yesterday morning on a report of an assault and home break-in on Railroad Street in Joanna. A resident of Railroad Street noted that he had three people at his house the night before and he and one of them, David Leon Reeder, argued over some women. When his visitors left, he went to bed, but was reportedly awakened at 4am yesterday by Mr. Reeder knocking on the door, saying he needed to get clothes he had left at the residence. When told to come back later, he reportedly broke through the door and grabbed the resident by the throat. As they scuffled through the house they reportedly entered the kitchen where a counter was dented and vases were broken. The resident of the house reportedly had serious lacerations on the left side of his face which appeared to come from the kitchen with the broken vases. Blood was reportedly located on the kitchen floor. The resident said the only way he was able to get Reeder off him was to pick up a hammer from the floor and repeatedly hit him in the head with it. The alleged intruder then left on foot.
A short time later Clinton Public Safety Officer Christopher Harris spotted a vehicle with a passenger matching the description of the wanted suspect on US 76, and followed as it turn onto Springdale. He followed with Blue Lights until the vehicle turned onto 5th Avenue and then into College Park Apartments. The suspect passenger fled on foot into nearby woods, while the driver was taken into custody. The resident was taken by EMS to Laurens County Memorial.
Clinton Public Safety charged 46-year-old Harrison Daniel Vance of 307 Dillon Drive, Clinton with Failure to stop for a Blue Light. A bond was set at $10,000. Vance was transferred to the Johnson Detention Center, where he remained this morning.
Sheriff’s Deputies were later able to arrest Reeder, who reportedly submitted to arrest in the woods, indicating he was weak from loosing blood from his head injury. He reportedly had a gash above his left eye socket. He was transported to Laurens County Memorial for Emergency treatment, then booked.
37-year-old David Leon Reeder was served with warrants charging him with 1st Degree Assault and Battery and 1st Degree Burglary. Warrants noting his residence as at Newberry Arms Apartments on Wilson Road in Newberry accuse him of breaking into the Railroad Street residence during the night-time and of assaulting the resident, causing physical injury.
David Leon Reeder, who also listed a Clinton address on South Livingston Street, was being held in the Johnson Detention Center earlier this morning, pending arraignment.