Columbia police release weekend crime stats for Five Points

Police make 54 arrests, citations for alcohol-related offenses over weekend

nophillips@thestate.comOctober 1, 2012 

Columbia police made 54 arrests and citations for alcohol-related offenses over the weekend in Five Points.

Those charges include driving under the influence, drunkenness, possession of alcohol in public and possession of alcohol under 21, according to a crime analysis released Monday by the Columbia Police Department.

Police Chief Randy Scott and Mayor Steve Benjamin indicated they would provide regular reports of police activity in the area as part of their response to a Sept. 23 outbreak of violence that included gunfire and two mob assaults.

In total, police made 157 charges on crimes ranging from assault to littering, according to the police department’s report. Fifty-six people were taken to jail. The analysis included incidents that took place Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

One assault was reported during that period, but another assault reported early Sunday morning was not included.

In that incident, a 22-year-old man reported that he was struck with a silver revolver while walking at 2:45 a.m. on Pavillion Street. However, the officer who wrote the report said the man was belligerent and uncooperative and that his speech was so slurred that his words were unrecognizable. Officers advised the man to take a cab home and to file a report once he was sober, according to an incident report.

Meanwhile, a third man has been arrested in connection with a Sept. 23 fight in Five Points that was captured on video.

Michael Jermel Kendrix, 21, is being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center on a $20,000 bond. He was arrested Sunday night on a charge of second-degree assault and battery.

Two other men, John Cornelius Sumner and Stanley McBride, both 21, previously were arrested in connection with the fight. Sumner remains in jail on a $50,000 bond. McBride has been released.

The three suspects are no longer students at Benedict College, according to a statement Monday from the school.

The three allegedly were involved in a 2 a.m. fight in the 700 block of Harden Street, according to police reports. A portion of the fight was captured on video and posted to social media sites. The video showed a group of men punching and kicking the victim, who was left lying face down in a pool of blood on the sidewalk. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The Columbia Police Department continues to investigate the fight and more arrests are possible, according to a news release.

Five Points crime; Weekend of Sept. 30, 2012

Reach Phillips at (803) 771-8307.

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