KERSHAW COUNTY, SC — For more than 18 months, Kershaw County Sheriff’s deputies had been searching for a 39-year-old suspect in a 2011 home invasion.
On Saturday morning, they caught the fugitive, who had been running an East Camden nightclub called Pazazz, according to a press release from Sheriff Jim Matthews.
Fredrick Beaufort was charged with first-degree burglary, criminal conspiracy, armed robbery and two counts of kidnapping, the release said. He is being held at the Kershaw County Detention Center where is awaiting a bond hearing.
Beaufort and two other men were accused of kicking in the door of a home in East Camden in August 2011. One of the invaders pistol-whipped a man inside the home and another invader fondled a woman who was in the house. The three robbed the couple and then fled.
Beaufort had fled to New York, the sheriff’s release said. However, deputies had received a tip that he had returned to South Carolina and was running the club. Deputies went to the club at 3:30 a.m. Saturday and found Beafort. He was arrested without incident.
One suspect in the case, Marcus Greene, is serving a 15-year prison sentence. Another, Jarvis Jones, was given three years of probation, Matthews said.
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