Part of an escalating dispute between a pair of crabbers on St. Helena Island happened over speaker phone in front of a deputy on Monday afternoon.
A man returned to his truck at Butcher’s Island Boat Landing at the end of Butcher’s Road to find all four valve stems of his tires cut and the air let out, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office report. He suspected another crabber who frequents that landing and with whom he has had an ongoing dispute. The cost for repairs to all his tires is estimated to be about $1,200.
While a deputy was taking down the man’s story and information, the competing crabber called the vehicle’s owner and issued several profane and violent threats — while on speaker phone with the deputy listening — according to the report.
His threats included, “I’m going to rob your house at gunpoint” and “I’m going to blow your head off,” according to the report. He did not admit to damaging the man’s vehicle, however. As soon as the deputy identified himself, the call was ended.
The owner of the vehicle said he wanted to press charges over the threats, according to the report, but no arrest had been made on Tuesday, according to Beaufort County Detention Center online records.