Consider vigilance as ‘broke-down vehicle’ ploy reportedly makes its way to Emanuel
by Whitley Clifton | December 6, 2019 6:00 am
Last Updated: December 4, 2019 at 4:20 pm
by HALEI LAMB
Not to question the validity of any of the accounts, but stories about the latest strange occurrences involving a van of some type and ill-intended people are a dime a dozen these days on Facebook and on the news. It’s no secret that the world isn’t the same it once was, but all too often in small-town America, we find ourselves thinking, “That’ll never happen here.” After seeing a post from about a similar occurrence that took place right here in Emanuel County, The Blade acquired the corresponding sheriff’s report and decided to run a more detailed story about the incident in an effort to keep the public as informed as possible on this particular subject as it relates to home so citizens can make their own determination about the level of vigilance they need to exercise today. The words that follow are interpretations of this particular sheriff’s report and are not an assumption or communication of fault for any of the involved parties, nor are these words intended to cause panic. The names of the parties have been altered for anonymity.
On November 19 at approximately 7:30 p.m., deputies were advised of an altercation on Big Creek Road near Canoochee. Deputies responded to the area and met with two complainants, John and Tim.
Both of these individuals stated that a “broke down vehicle” was parked in the middle of the road they lived on; this vehicle, according to the two, “appeared suspicious.”
Tim saw a white female walking by the vehicle on his property. He and Tim then inquired about her situation, and she replied that her vehicle, a champagne Chevrolet Trailblazer, would not start. A third male, Paul, exited the nearby wooded property owned by Tim and John.
The situation turned argumentative when John told Paul he was not allowed on the property. Paul then attempted to stab John in the eye with a set of keys, and John countered by throwing Paul in the ditch. Meanwhile, the female attempted to grab a large knife from the Trailblazer to help Paul in the altercation. Tim noticed her actions and pulled out his shot gun to stop her and protect John. The female and Paul then got into the vehicle and left the scene.
John and Tim reached out to Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office to report the trespassing and assault/battery. Both Paul and the female were gone before the deputies’ arrival.