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Violence plagues north Beaufort County

A Burton man is accused of stabbing his roommate in the stomach Friday during a violent weekend in northern Beaufort County.

Beaufort County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to Burton three times this weekend to respond to two shootings and a stabbing. Deputies were sent Friday to Lady's Island after a man was stabbed several times during a fight on Youmans Drive.

• Deputies were called Friday night to Lamon Drive, where investigators said Jason Crisman, 24, stabbed his roommate, Forrest Hutsell, in the abdomen multiple times and destroyed a 2000 Toyota Tacoma in a fit of rage, according to a release from the Sheriff's Office.



Investigators said Crisman attacked Hutsell, 31, after Hutsell asked Crisman not to make sexual advances toward his girlfriend, who was in the house at the time.

The woman told investigators that after he was stabbed, Hutsell attempted to fend off Crisman with a metal pipe, but Crisman took the pipe from Hutsell and began hitting him with it.

Hutsell fled to a nearby apartment complex for help. Crisman then chased the woman with the knife he had used to stab Hutsell, the release said.

Deputies arrested Crisman after a brief foot chase in the Ambrose Run area and charged him with assault and battery with intent to kill, assault with intent to kill, malicious injury to real property, fleeing to evade arrest or detention and resisting arrest.

Police said they later discovered that Crisman bashed in the windows and sunroof of a pickup parked next to the home the two men shared.

Hutsell was transported to Beaufort Memorial Hospital. There was no information available Monday on his condition.

Crisman is being held at the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office on more than $65,000 bond. The arrest Friday was Crisman's 15th in Beaufort County since 2001, according to jail records.

• Deputies are seeking a group of men and women they believe attacked an 18-year-old man Friday night as he walked along Youmans Drive on Lady's Island.



The man told authorities he and a friend were walking down the street when he exchanged words with some people in a group that appeared to be following them. The argument soon became physical and the group began kicking and beating the man, who also was stabbed, according to a Sheriff's Office release.

The suspects fled before deputies arrived. The man was transported to Beaufort Memorial Hospital. There was no information available Monday on his condition.

No arrests have been made in the incident.

• Deputies said they received little cooperation from witnesses and club staff early Sunday after a shooting in the parking lot of the Studio Seven nightclub on Donaldson Camp Road in Burton.



Deputies were called to the club at about 4 a.m. to reports of gunfire in the area. They saw heavy traffic leaving the club but few people inside. No one was willing to make a statement to investigators, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Investigators found several shell casings and a bullet hole in the rear fender of a gold Cadillac that belongs to one of the club's security guards. The security guard refused to give police information about the incident, referring them to the club's owner, the release said.

Bullets also struck a car as it left the scene and a nearby home, investigators said.

A resident on Vanita Drive told deputies he woke up to the sound of gunshots. Deputies found a bullet lodged in the wall of his home.

No injures were reported, according to the Sheriff's Office.

• Evelyn Scroggins, a 70-year-old Mink Point woman, is charged with assault with intent to kill after investigators said she shot at her neighbor and nearby houses on Capwing Drive, then barricaded herself in her home.



A neighbor reported seeing Scroggins firing shots into the air and in the direction of a nearby home. The man said he was returning to his home after warning a neighbor of Scroggins' behavior when the woman spotted him and opened fire. He dropped to the ground and remained there until deputies arrived.

Scroggins refused to answer the door for deputies and instead stuck the gun out, according to the Sheriff's Office. She quickly pulled the gun back in and closed the door.

Deputies made several unsuccessful attempts to lure the woman out of her home. When that didn't work, the Sheriff's Office SWAT team surrounded the home. Scroggins then surrendered.

She is being held at the Beaufort County Detention Center on a $25,000 bond. Sunday's arrest was her first arrest in Beaufort County, according to the jail log.

No injuries or property damage were reported, and investigators said the motive for the shooting still is unknown.

Beaufort County Councilor Herbert Glaze, whose district includes Burton, said the community needs to remain vigilant in stamping out violent crime in their neighborhoods.

Glaze founded Citizens Against Violence Everywhere last summer in response to deadly shootings across northern Beaufort County.

"We saw crime start to drop in September, then we had sort of a dormant period for a while and now it seems to be coming back up," he said. "We've got to stay on top of it."

Glaze said his group will meet March 29 at the Burton Wells Recreation Center in Burton.

Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner could not be reached for comment.

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