Wanted man found hiding in closet

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By Chris Sardelli

A Lancaster man wanted on an attempted murder charge was found hiding inside a closet Tuesday, July 2. 

Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant announced Wednesday that a large group of authorities arrested Markevious Demond Samuel, 21, 1344 Locustwood Ave., on the charges of attempted murder and armed robbery. 

“Members of the Lancaster Police Department Special Operations Division, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and the State Law Enforcement Division took Samuel into custody yesterday (Tuesday) at a residence on Steele Hill Road, in the Van Wyck community,” Grant said in a press release. 

“Samuel had locked himself inside the residence and refused to acknowledge law enforcement repeated requests to come out.” 

Grant said officers eventually entered the house and found Samuel hiding in a closet. He was arrested without incident and no one else was inside the house during the arrest. 

Warrants were issued for Samuel last month in connection with the shooting of a 43-year-old Lancaster man in both legs. 

Police responded to the area of Gay and Ferguson streets just before 5 p.m. June 4 after a reported shooting, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

Officers were flagged down at the scene by a man who said he was sitting across from the Soup Kitchen when he heard two gun shots and then saw a man running from the scene. 

Officers learned that the victim ran inside the Faith, Hope & Victory Christian Church on Gregory Street after the shooting, the report said. 

A church employee told officers he heard a man come through the back door yelling “Rev,” as he was looking for the church’s pastor.  

The employee saw the victim limping and noticed he had been shot, the report said. 

The victim was then rushed by the church employee to Springs Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for shotgun wounds to both legs.

He was later taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for further treatment of non-life-threatening wounds and was released from CMC on June 5. 

In a press release sent shortly after the incident, Grant said Samuel was identified as the shooter during an investigation and was considered “armed and dangerous.”

Grant said Wednesday that Samuel was also charged with the May 1 armed robbery of an individual. 

Previous charges

Samuel’s first serious run-in with local officers was during a shooting incident and subsequent arrest on July 24, 2009.

Samuel, then 17 years old, was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, carrying a handgun, possession of a firearm by a person under 18, discharging a firearm in the city and two counts of assault and battery with intent to kill, according to a 2009 police incident report.

In that case, a 20-year-old man told officers he drove himself and two other men to the 800 block of Clinton Avenue Extension because they were bringing a CD to someone there.

Two men waited in the car while a third man went into a house. As they waited, Samuel approached the car and began shooting at them, the report said. 

The 20-year-old drove the car away from the house and told his mother, who called 911. No one was injured in the shooting. 

Witnesses reported hearing several gunshots, saw Samuel carrying a pistol and said he ran into nearby woods, the report said. 

Later that day, Samuel went to the police department to ask if he had any outstanding arrest warrants, though he denied shooting at anyone, the report said.

Samuel later pleaded guilty to unlawful carrying of a pistol and three counts of discharging a firearm into a dwelling, though solicitors decided to drop two charges of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to case records on the S.C. Judicial Department online database.

He received a six-year sentence and three years probation under South Carolina’s Youthful Offender Act. 

While criminal offenders age 25 and older who are sentenced are typically housed in general population within the S.C. Department of Corrections system, that is not the case for those sentenced under the YOA. Offenders between the ages of 17 and 25 who are sentenced to jail time are not housed in general population and are instead taken to a youthful offender facility for their sentence.

According to the judicial department database, Samuel is listed as a defendant in several other criminal cases. 

He was found guilty in a 2010 bench trial of simple assault and battery stemming from an October 2009 arrest, per judicial records. He received credit for time served in jail. 

In March 2012, he was arrested on charges of distributing crack cocaine and distribution of crack cocaine within proximity of a school, as part of a sweep called Operation Spring Cleaning conducted by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and Lancaster Police Department. Those two charges are still pending, per judicial records. 

On April 9, 2013, he was found guilty in a bench trial on the charge of malicious injury to animals/personal property, $2,000 or less. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail or a fine, per court records. Samuel also has a pending charge of failure to stop for a blue light, first offense, stemming from a Jan. 23, 2013, arrest. 


Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416