Beaufort News

Crime reports: Robbery victim shot with pellet gun, airlifted; pit bull stunned; man robbed on beach

Robbery victim airlifted after shot with pellet gun

A Bluffton man was airlifted to a Savannah hospital -- where he was treated and released for an apparent shot in the chest from a pellet or BB gun -- after he said he was robbed outside his apartment.

About 2:30 a.m. Monday, Beaufort County sheriff's deputies arrived at Bluffton House Apartments on Simmonsville Road where a 32-year-old man said that as he walked toward his apartment, he was approached by a man who shot him in the chest with some sort of firearm and stole his wallet and fled. The victim walked to his apartment, where his roommates called 911. He was transported by air ambulance to Savannah where it was determined he had only a minor injury.

"It's hard to look at someone with a hole in their chest and know what projectile caused the hole in the chest without knowing the weapon that was used," said Beaufort County EMS spokesman Danny Tinnel, who did not know details of the incident. "You can't tell what internal damage may have been caused unless you get (to a hospital) and can fully assess the injury."

The assailant was described only as a black male.

Anyone with information should call Investigator Cpl. J. Garcia at 843-255-3412 or the county Dispatch Center at 843-524-2777.

Deputies bring pit bull to heel with stun gun

Beaufort County sheriff's deputies used a stun gun to subdue a pit bull Saturday on Hilton Head Island after the dog tried to bite officers while they arrested its owner.

Deputies were attempting to apprehend Shawn Beloin, 32, of Hilton Head at the Red Roof Inn, who was wanted on two bench warrants, according to a report.

Deputies ordered Beloin to remove his unleashed dog from the room so they could search it. Instead, he ran, followed by three deputies and his pit bull. Beloin commanded the dog to attack, according to the report.

A deputy sparked his stun gun to scare the dog. But it continued to growl and snarl, and it attempted to bite a deputy's leg before being stunned, according to the report.

Beloin was charged with fleeing to evade arrest, in addition to the bench warrants.

An animal-control officer was called to look after the dog.

2 charged with strong-armed robbery

Diondra Jahrel Chisholm, 20, and Alberto Rolando Hernandez Jr., 16, of Bluffton were charged after the robbery and assault of a 42-year-old man early Sunday morning on Coligny Beach on Hilton Head Island, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

Several men approached the victim and his friend. Chisholm began talking to the victim, and then Hernandez punched him in the head and stole his cash, the release said.

Both face strong-armed robbery charges, and Hernandez will be tried as an adult.

Compiled by Tom Barton