Camden man shoots at ex-girlfriend’s house, breaks in while she and son are home

mlucas@thestate.comJuly 17, 2014 

— Kershaw County Sheriff’s deputies responding to a frantic 911 call for help Monday arrested a Camden man after he allegedly shot at and broke into his former girlfriend’s house while she and her son were inside.

Harley Joe Moore, 33, was arrested and charged with first degree burglary, discharging a firearm into a dwelling, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and unlawfully carrying a weapon, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said in a news release Thursday.

At about 9 p.m. Monday, dispatchers received a call from a woman saying that the suspect was trying to break into her house while she and her 11-year-old son were at home, Matthews said.

The woman told investigators she had tried to sever ties with Moore, Matthews said, but he had continued to harass her over the course of a month.

At one point during the incident, the suspect allegedly fired a handgun into the doorknob of the home and fired through its glass door, Matthews said.

The woman armed herself and told her son to hide in a closet, Matthews said. Moore then broke into the home but left when he could not find her, the woman told investigators.

Deputies responding to the scene stopped Moore less than a quarter-mile away and arrested him after they found a .357 magnum pistol and empty shell casings in his pocket. Investigators also found significant evidence at the home linking Moore to the crime, Matthews said.

Moore also was charged with second degree kidnapping and assault and battery stemming from a previous incident at Moore’s house, in which he allegedly threatened and assaulted the same woman and fired a handgun into the ceiling of the home while threatening her.

He also has a record of other crimes, and is prohibited by federal law to have a firearm.

He was taken to the Kershaw County Detention Center. He was denied bond on the first-degree burglary charges at a hearing held Wednesday and bond was set on the remaining charges for a total of $85,000.

Moore remains in jail.

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