A Lugoff resident chased down a burglary suspect and held him at gunpoint until Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrived. The suspect, with a substantial criminal record, got stuck on a fence attempting to flee Saturday.
“The armed homeowner did a commendable job in catching this thief,” Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said. “This is a good example of a lawfully armed citizen taking reasonable steps to protect his life and property.”
Nicholas Xavier Hull-Martinez, 21, of Camden, was arrested and charged with breaking into a motor vehicle, possession of burglary tools and possession of a firearm on school property, according to the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident occurred at about 5:15 p.m. on Wildwood Lane in Lugoff, according to the sheriff’s office. Hull-Martinez was walking away from the homeowner’s vehicle with two duffel bags and a rifle that belonged to the homeowner.
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The homeowner challenged Hull-Martinez, who ran away with the stolen property, the sheriff’s office said.
Hull-Martinez attempted to jump over a fence at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School, but got hung up on the fence, according to the sheriff’s office, adding the homeowner caught up and pulled out his own pistol and held Hull-Martinez at gunpoint.
Sheriff’s deputies arrived shortly thereafter and took Hull-Martinez into custody, transporting him to the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department.
Following a bond hearing Monday, Hull-Martinez remains in jail on a $60,000 bond, the sheriff’s office said.
According to the sheriff’s office, Hull-Martinez has previously been arrested on multiple counts of malicious injury to personal property, public disorderly conduct, simple possession of marijuana, burglary, grand larceny, possession of a firearm by certain persons unlawful and breaking into a motor vehicle.