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Man threatens police officer at restaurant

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Stevenson charged with assault and battery, disorderly conduct, drug possession

By Jesef Williams

A Lancaster man was charged and jailed after threatening an officer at a restaurant last week.

Derrell Antwan Stevenson, 22, 3532 Oak Ridge Road, was charged Aug. 4 with assault and battery and disorderly conduct.

Lancaster Police Department officers were called to the Waffle House parking lot on S.C. 9 Bypass just after 2:30 a.m. that day to help control the crowd there, according to a police department incident report.

Officers recognized a man inside the restaurant who was wanted on an active warrant.

After getting him to come outside, they questioned the man and arrested him. While police spoke with that person, about five people tried to leave, but were told to stay inside until the wanted man was secured in a patrol car.

The report said as that group turned to go back inside the Waffle House, Stevenson raised his voice and began cursing, which disrupted “the normal operation of business.”

“I instructed Mr. Stevenson to lower his voice and stop using profanity or he would be arrested,” an officer wrote in the report.

Stevenson then said, “Come back in here and I’ll knock you out,” according to the officer’s recount in the report.

Due to Stevenson’s behavior and his proximity to the officer, Stevenson was arrested on the two charges (assault and battery and disorderly conduct).

When Stevenson was searched at the Municipal Justice Center, the report said the officer found a folded piece of paper in one of Stevenson’s pants pocket that contained marijuana.

He was also charged with simple possession of marijuana.

 

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152