Kidnapping and attempted murder

By: Staff Report

UNION COUNTY — Two men were arrested Friday within roughly an hour of one another by the Union County Sheriff’s Office, one in connection with the kidnapping and assaulting of a woman and another in connection with the stabbing of a man, both of which occurred earlier that day.


Nathan Harold Smith, 19, 125 Bird Street, Union, is charged by the Sheriff’s Office with kidnapping, assault and battery first-degree, and assault and battery third-degree.

The incident report released by the Sheriff’s Office states deputies were dispatched shortly before 4 p.m. Friday to a residence on North Church Street in Union in reference to an assault that had occurred at Smith’s residence on Bird Street.

When the deputy arrived, he spoke with the victim who said that Smith had hit her in the face with his fist and had put cigarettes out on her back and right arm.

The report states the deputy took pictures of the victim’s swollen face and the burn mark on her right arm. The responding deputy then had a female employee of the Sheriff’s Office come to the Church Street residence and take additional photographs of the victim.

In addition to speaking to the victim, the report states the deputy spoke to a complainant who said she went to Bird Street to pick up the victim. She said that when she arrived she found Smith to be very irate and threatening to assault her as well.

The report states the deputy took the information he’d gotten from the victim and the complainant to a judge to obtain an arrest warrant for Smith.

Smith was booked into the Union County Jail at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Attempted Murder

Kendrick Jamal Sims, 23, 2102 West Springs Highway, Jonesville, is charged by the Sheriff’s Office with attempted murder.

The incident report released by the Sheriff’s Office states that deputies were dispatched shortly after 4 p.m. Friday to a residence on Hill Street in Buffalo in reference to a stabbing.

When they arrived, the deputies spoke with the victim who said that a black male had cut him several times. Deputies also spoke with several people who witnessed the event and were told that it had happened on Haywood Street in Union and that the victim’s attacker had left in a gray Dodge.

The victim was transported to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center by the Union County EMS.

In the course of their investigation, the report states deputies found the gray Dodge in front a residence on Haywood Street. Upon arriving, deputies spoke with a woman who said that both Sims and the victim were in front of her house when the incident occurred. The woman said she did not see anyone get stabbed, but that she did take Sims to the top of the hill on Haywood Street and let him out. She said she did not see where he went after that.

Deputies then took pictures of the blood found on the sidewalk and roadway in front of the Haywood Street residence. They also recovered a rebarb pipe that was claimed to have been used in the incident.

The report states a warrant for attempted murder was issued for Sims later that afternoon. It further states that Union Public Safety officers advised deputies they had spoken with Sims and that he said he wanted to speak with deputies at the incident location.

Deputies responded and arrested Sims on the warrant for attempted murder, transporting him to jail.

Sims was booked into the jail at 6:20 p.m. Friday.

The report states that an investigator was dispatched to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center to investigate the case further.

Sheriff David Taylor said Tuesday that there had been no further developments in the case, beyond his office being informed that the victim was to be released Saturday after having surgery on Friday.

Taylor said that Sims and Smith are both still in jail.


Arrests made in two separate incidents

Staff Report