A Union man ended up in jail on multiple charges after he allegedly attacked a convenience store clerk with a pack of Honey Buns.
Phillip Maurice Lawson, 27, 1209 Arthur Boulevard, Union, is charged by the Union Public Safety Department with disorderly conduct, trespassing, shoplifting, open container, and assault and battery.
The incident report states an officer was dispatched Friday evening to a disturbance at a convenience store at 1237 Arthur Boulevard. Dispatch informed the officer that a black male was inside the store throwing items at a clerk. When the officer arrived, he found the store’s clerks pointing at Lawson who was standing in the doorway. The officer approached Lawson and asked him what was going on. Lawson said the women inside the store were telling lies about him. The report states that the officer could smell a strong odor of alcohol about Lawson’s person and that Lawson was unsteady on his feet.
The officer then told Lawson to put his hands behind his back and Lawson did so. After handcuffing Lawson, the officer told him to come to his patrol car. Lawson, however, turned toward the clerks and started spitting on the door window. At this point another officer arrived and assisted the first officer in getting Lawson to the patrol car.
The report states the first officer on the scene then went and spoke to one of the clerks who said Lawson had entered the store and went to the beer coolers. She said she told Lawson he was not supposed to be in the store because he had a no trespass notice on him. She said Lawson went back to the coolers, picked up some beer and opened it. She said he took a drink out of the beer and then poured it out on and behind the counter. The clerk said Lawson did this four or five times with different beers.
Lawson then opened a bag of Doritos, started eating out of the bag and then threw it behind the counter. The clerk said Lawson then picked up a pack of Honey Buns and threw it at her, hitting her on the left side of her face.
The report states that the items damaged and not paid for by Lawson include three packs of Honey Buns, two bottles of King Cobra, two cans of Four Loko, a Smirnoff, five candy bars, a bag of Dorios, and three rolls of candy. The items had a combined value of $27.14.
After interviewing the clerk who was struck in the face by the Honey Buns and the second clerk who witnessed the incident, the officer contacted headquarters which confirmed that there was a trespass notice on Lawson for the store. Lawson was then transported to jail where he was booked on the assault and battery and other charges.
Both clerks gave written statements about the incident and the clerk who was hit in the face was issued a victim’s form. The report states the officer will get a copy of the store’s surveillance video of the incident.
Assault And Battery, Malicious Damage
A mother and daughter both ended up jail after the daughter allegedly smashed her mother’s TV set on the floor and the mother allegedly grabbed the daughter by the hair and hit her.
Dorkisha Noatonia Lipscomb, 38, 403 Foster St., Union, is charged by the public safety department with assault and battery while Lazanna Rashon Montgomery, 18, also of 403 Foster St., Union, is charged by the department with malicious damage.
The incident report states an officer was dispatched Friday morning to Lipscomb and Montgomery’s residence in reference to an assault. Montgomery told the officer that she her mother, Lipscomb, got into an argument that morning over her car. She said Lipscomb wanted to use her car but she would not allow her to. Montgomery said she then went inside the house and got a TV out of her mother’s room. She said that as she was walking through the house with it, Lipscomb told her to put it back. However, Montgomery said she told Lipscomb that she was taking it because she’d broken hers on a previous date.
Montgomery said she and Lipscomb then started arguing and she dropped the TV on the floor. She said Lipscomb then grabbed her by the hair, pushed her against the kitchen sink and hit her. Montgomery said she managed to get away from Lipscomb and went outside and called 911.
The officer then spoke with Lipscomb who said she and Montgomery got into an argument about her car. Lipscomb said Montgomery went into her room, took her TV and was walking through the house with it. She said Montgomery, who she described as being out of control, threw the TV on the floor. Lipscomb said she grabbed Montgomery by the hair to gain control of her. She said she did not, however, hit Montgomery.
Next, the officer interviewed a witness who said he’d seen the women arguing. The witness said Montgomery did go in Lipscomb’s room, take her TV set, walk through the house with it and then throw it down on the floor. He said he didn’t see Lipscomb hit Montgomery but that he did see her grab her in an attempt to control her because she was out of hand.
Montgomery and Lipscomb were then placed under arrest and both women transported — separately — to jail.
The report states that while the officer didn’t see any injuries on Montgomery, he did notice her hair was out of place.
Damage to the TV was estimated at $379.
Assault And Battery
A Union man was arrested for allegedly hitting a woman in the face.
Naquan Tyrik Rice, 20, 209 Lawson Avenue, Union, is charged by the public safety department with assault and battery.
The incident report states that the victim met Friday afternoon with an officer at the public safety department in reference to an assault at Rice’s residence. The victim said Rice struck her several times in the face with his open hand. She said the Rice struck her first in Spartanburg County and after she dropped him off at his residence. The woman said this was not the first time Rice had assaulted her.
The report states the officer noticed the victim’s face was red below her right eye. It states the officer told the victim that she should call the authorities in Spartanburg County and report the portion of the assault that occurred outside Union County.
Rice was taken into custody later that afternoon.
The following incident is being investigated by the public safety department.
What began as a request for a light ended with a man in the emergency room after being stabbed in the arm.
The incident report states an officer was dispatched Sunday morning to Wallace Thomson Hospital in reference to an assault. Hospital staff told the officer that a man came into the hospital with a laceration to his left arm. They said the man told them he’d been stabbed with a knife. They then called 911 to ask for an officer to be sent.
The officer then spoke with the victim who said he was riding through Chambertown when he came to the stop sign at the intersection of Gage Avenue and West South Street. The victim said he noticed two black males walking near the stop sign. He said one of the men asked him for a light. The victim said one of the men approached his car and pulled out what looked like a pocketknife and started cutting him.
The man who stabbed the victim is described as wearing blue jean shorts, a blue shirt with white letters, and a black baseball cap with red trimming. The other male is described by the victim as wearing blue jeans and a dark color shirt. Both men are described as having short hair.
The victim said he didn’t know who the two men were and that he didn’t have problems with anyone. After being stabbed, the victim said he pulled away and headed down West South Street toward to the hospital. While he didn’t think the puncture wound was bad, the victim said he was unable to stop the bleeding and decided to seek medical attention.
The report states the victim’s injuries included a puncture wound on his left arm, a small laceration on his right forearm, and some small lacerations on the back of his right hand. The officer took pictures of the victim’s wounds as evidence and issued him a victim’s advocate’s form.
The following person was arrested by the public safety department.
Sondra Laselle Smith, 35, 1208 W. Main St., Union, charged Sunday with shoplifting.