Attempted murder charges filed against alleged carjacker shot by police

08/11/2014 7:26 PM

08/11/2014 7:27 PM

An alleged carjacker who was shot by police while trying to flee arrest with another man at Brook Pines Apartments on Wednesday has been charged with three counts of attempted murder for trying to run over three officers, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department announced Monday.

Sheriff Leon Lott said the latest charges from his department against Keylan Jambari Durham are in addition to the growing list the suspect faces following a chase last week that involved two area law enforcement agencies and the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

Durham and two others believed to be connected to two recent carjackings in the Columbia area have lengthy criminal histories, according to Lott, who said he expects additional charges to be filed in the coming days.

“They were robbing. They were stealing ...” Lott said, as he described a long-running crime spree during a joint news conference Monday with the Columbia Police Department.

Lott said Durham is believed to have participated in a carjacking Aug. 5 near the Harbison area where, according to Columbia police, two armed men took a parked car from a man and woman, assaulting them.

Durham is also a suspect in another carjacking in Richland County in which officers were able to obtain a fingerprint to determine the suspect’s identity. The offenses were serious enough to send task force officers from three Midlands law enforcement agencies out to serve the arrest warrant at Brook Pines Apartments as soon as they thought they had an ID.

Investigators say Durham – who was in a parking lot at theapartment complex off Broad River Road – and another suspect, Quentin Warner, then tried to escape, and Durham drove his vehicle toward one of the officers, striking him.

That’s when officers from the Columbia Police Department, SLED and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department opened fire on the car, hitting both men, Lott said.

The Columbia police officer who was struck by the suspect’s vehicle was back on the job Monday and doing well, agency officials said.

“We are very fortunate that we didn’t have any of the good guys get hurt,” Lott said.

Lott said Durham was treated for non-life threatening injuries at a hospital and is being held at the Lexington County Detention Center. In addition to the Columbia officer who was struck, he ischarged with also trying to run over a Richland County officer and a SLED agent. Columbia Police also have charged Durham with carjacking, two counts of kidnapping, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, assault and battery of an aggravated nature and two counts of armed robbery.

Lott said Warner, who is still in the hospital, is expected to be charged with violation of parole upon his release. He said additional charges are expected against Warner, but he declined to say what those charges might be.

Meanwhile, a third suspect, Devontae Xavier Bryant, 21, has been charged with accessory to carjacking and failure to stop on police command, Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said. Bryant is in custody and will be charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, police say.

The investigation is being conducted by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department for the Columbia Police Department and SLED, according to Richland County Sheriff’s Department officials. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is conducting its own investigation.

Anyone with information should contact the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at (888) CRIME-SC.

Harrison Cahill and Anne-Kathryn Flanagan contributed to this story.

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