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HEATH SPRINGS – A Heath Springs man has been charged almost a year after he threatened to kill a Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy and his family.
Arkevus Jimon Cauthen, 21, of 201 Reeves St., Heath Springs, has been charged with malicious injury to property and threatening the life of a person or family of a public official, teacher or principal, a felony.
According to an arrest warrant, Cauthen painted “pig” and “666” on the patrol car of Deputy Vincent Webb. A note was also left on the car, threatening the deputy and his family.
“Beware the devil is on your hills (sic), little piggy,” the note reads. “I will slaughter you and your entire ... family. Just remember one little cop can’t stop the show.”
According to an incident report, Cauthen was interviewed Monday by a Lancaster County sheriff’s investigator and State Law Enforcement Division agent.
At first, Cauthen denied knowing anything about the incident, according to the report.
After changing his story a couple times, Cauthen told investigators that he ran from his house to Webb’s home, spray-painted the patrol car and left the note because Webb was always “harassing” him.
Damage to the patrol car was less than $1,000, according to warrants.
Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tom Holland said Webb now works in Indian Land.
Cauthen was released from the Lancaster County Detention Center on Tuesday on a $15,000 bond.
The threat charge carries a five-year prison sentence and/or $5,000 fine.
Holland wouldn’t say how Cauthen became a suspect.
“New evidence surfaced,” Holland said. “That’s all I can say.”
Since June 2006, SLED has investigated several incidents of vandalism to Sheriff Johnny Cauthen’s vehicle and his wife’s car. The back windows of his sheriff’s vehicle, a Chevrolet Tahoe, and his wife’s car were broken and the tires on both cars have been slashed in the past.
Earlier this year, a man was charged with firing a gun at the home of a S.C. Highway Patrol trooper.
It’s not uncommon for law enforcement officers to become targets for crimes.
“An individual wants pay back, retribution,” Holland said. “They get mad because they got caught in something, and they’re paying us back for doing our jobs. (Arkevus) Cauthen said he got two speeding tickets from Webb.”
Contact senior reporter Jenny Hartley at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (803) 283-1151