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Wanted man runs at traffic stop

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By Chris Sardelli

A man wanted on 16 outstanding warrants, including attempted murder, ran from police during a traffic stop earlier this month, though he still has not been found.

Terence Lamont Grier, 23, 188 Tram Road, ran from a traffic stop along East Arch Street just after 7:40 p.m. Oct. 11, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

Grier is one of two men still sought in a multi-count attempted murder case involving the shootings of two occupied cars in the Pardue Street neighborhood on separate days in September. 

Grier and Rodmetrius Jamall Montgomery, 28, 2204 Pardue St., are wanted on multiple charges, including four counts each of attempted murder and four counts each of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant said last month.

The short foot chase began Oct. 11 shortly after patrol officers received word that Grier had been spotted inside a white Cadillac near the area of East Arch and Gregory streets, the report said.

An officer found the car in the parking lot of Quick Stop, along Arch Street, but as he approached, the car drove away.

Police followed and pulled over the car at the intersection of East Arch and Gregory streets.

Before the car could fully stop, the passenger door opened and a man jumped from the car, running toward the back of a nearby home, the report said.

An officer jumped from his car and chased after the man.

“I yelled ‘stop’ numerous times as I pursued the individual into the woods,” an officer wrote in the report.

Though the officer lost sight of the man, he called for backup to help set up a perimeter around the area. Police also requested a K-9 unit and called for help from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

Police later spoke with the driver, who did not run from police, who confirmed that Grier was the man who ran from the car, the report said. He told officers he offered Grier a ride from the Midway area and was driving him when police pulled him over.

The driver was not arrested and was released at the scene.

Police say this was one of several attempts to arrest Grier and they planned to serve him with warrants on two new charges, resisting arrest and alighting from a moving vehicle, the report said.

On Thursday, Oct. 17, Grier had not yet been arrested, according to Lancaster Municipal Court records. It was unknown if Montgomery has been spotted or arrested.

Anyone with information about Grier or Montgomery’s locations is asked to call the police department at (803) 283-1171 or the anonymous tip line at (803) 289-6040.

The case

A total of 64 warrants were issued Sept. 24 in the case, with two men already arrested- Christopher Columbus Mingo, 22, 2201 Pardue St., and Jonathon McGriff, 23, 701 Saint Paul St., according to a September police incident report.

The charges were developed after an investigation into the shootings of two cars, both of which were full of people, on Sept. 9 and Sept. 12.

The police department’s Special Operation Division worked along with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and the S.C. Law Enforcement Division to locate and arrest the men during the operation, the report said.

Officers received a search warrant for Mingo’s home in the 2200 block of Palmetto Place, primarily to find any ammunition or firearms related to the case, the report said.

The group forced open the front door and searched the home, finding Mingo asleep in a bedroom, where he was then arrested, the report said.

McGriff was later found in a nearby apartment and arrested, the report said.

The investigation began Sept. 9, when a trio of people were shot at as they drove from Pardue Street onto Arch Street, a police incident report said. 

In that case, two men reported the crime, including a 33-year-old driver and his 31-year-old passenger. After hearing gunshots, the driver sped away from the area and later found bullet holes in his right rear tail light and passenger’s side front door, the report said.

The men reported seeing a black Honda with tinted windows pull onto Pardue Street as they were driving, and then heard the gunshots. 

Three days later, on Sept. 12, a 43-year-old woman reported she had just been shot at while driving her car away from the 1600 block of Pardue Street, another incident report said.

Inside the car were a 4-month-old child, as well as the woman’s 11-year-old granddaughter, who reported seeing a man dressed all in black appear to be firing a gun in their direction, the report said.

Police later found six bullet shell cases near the area where the victims were shot at. 

An officer examined the victim’s car and noted it had been struck three times. One bullet struck the hood, but did not enter the car; another bullet struck the driver’s side window, shattering the glass; a third bullet struck the driver’s side just past the door. 

No one was injured in either shooting. 

Previous charges

Both Grier and Montgomery have previous charges in Lancaster County. 

Grier was one of two men chased by deputies and arrested separately May 30, 2013, after fleeing the scene of a home burglary in the 5000 block of Sedgefield Drive, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office news release. 

He was charged with first-degree burglary, malicious injury to property and two counts of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, the release said. 

Those charges, along with a criminal domestic violence charge from a July 2010 arrest, are still pending, according to the S.C. Judicial Department online case database.

Montgomery pleaded guilty to a second-degree burglary charge in September 2006 stemming from an arrest earlier that year, according to judicial records. He was sentenced to six years in a detention facility under the state’s Youthful Offenders Act, with credit for time served, and received a $100 fine and three years of probation, per the S.C. Judicial website.

 

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416