Crime & Public Safety

Three arrested after woman reports beating in Bluffton over sale of dog

Justin Chin
Justin Chin Beaufort County Detention Center

Three men were arrested Bluffton on Saturday in connection with an incident in which a woman said she was beaten with a gun when she confronted one of the men about money owed for a dog she sold him.

Justin Chin, 35, Clayton Lindberg, 26, and Marcol McNair, 24, were arrested after the woman told Bluffton Police she had been beaten by a group of men on May River Road around 11:30 p.m. Friday, according to a Bluffton Police Department news release.

The dispute began over money Chin owed the woman for a dog she had sold him, Maj. Joseph Manning said Tuesday.

The woman said the incident escalated when one of the three pulled a gun on her and beat her on the head while threatening her.

She later identified one of the suspects as Chin and described the firearm he allegedly had, the release said.

Members of the Neighborhood Services Unit were on patrol in the area of May river Road and Wharf Street around 11:20 a.m. the next day when they stopped a vehicle on a traffic violation with Chin, Lindberg and Clayton inside, the release said.

A search of the vehicle revealed a semi-automatic firearm, a pistol and drugs, the release said.

The serial numbers on the firearms revealed the weapons were stolen from Orangeburg.

Chin, who lives in Bluffton, was charged with possession of a stolen pistol, two counts of unlawful carry of a pistol, violent felon in possession of a firearm, aggravated assault and battery and pointing and presenting a firearm.

McNair, also of Bluffton, was charged with possession of a stolen pistol, two counts of unlawful carry of a pistol, violent felon in possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.

Lindberg, of Hilton Head Island, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of cocaine, two counts of unlawful carry of a pistol, possession of a stolen pistol and violent felon in possession of a firearm.

All three were taken to the Beaufort County Detention Center.

Chin is being held on a $70,000 bond, Lindberg on $41,000 and McNair on $35,000.

The woman suffered scratches to her arms and complained of shoulder pain, Manning said. She refused medical attention and told police she would go to the hospital on her own.

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