***UPDATED at 5:34 P.M. on Tuesday, May 26th***
WJBF News Channel 6 has learned a third suspect is now in custody in connection to a home invasion that happened last Wednesday in Saluda County.
According to a Saluda County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, 40-year-old Tenesha Machelle Smith turned herself in at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon at the Saluda County Detention Center.
Malik Rashad Glymph, 19, and Marquez DeAndre Austin, 19, were arrested last week in connection to the home invasion.
Investigators are still looking for 36-year-old Deatrick Lavon Williams.
Sheriff John Perry is asking residents to continue to be on the lookout for Williams. Anyone who has information on his whereabouts, sees him, or comes into contact with him is asked to contact the Saluda County Sheriff’s Office at 864-445-2112.
***POSTED at 7:32 P.M. on Thursday, May 21st***
Saluda County Sheriff’s Office investigators have 2 suspects in custody and are searching for two others in connection to a home invasion.
The home invasion happened Wednesday around 2:12 p.m. on John J. Rushton Road.
Investigators say 3 people, identified as 19-year-old Malik Rashad Glymph, 36-year-old Deatrick Lavon Williams, and 19-year-old Marquez DeAndre Austin, entered the residence while armed and struck one Hispanic victim in the head. The victim had to be hospitalized.
According to investigators, the three suspects took money from the victim and his residence at the time of the home invasion. Neighbors reported seeing the three subjects exit the residence and run into the woods behind the residence.
After deputies arrived on the scene with the bloodhounds, Glymph was tracked Mr. Glymph down in the woods and taken into custody.
Thursday, Austin was located at a convenience store not far from the incident location. Investigators say his capture was made possible due to a help of a citizen there at the store who Austin had asked to use her phone. She reportedly remained calm and let Austin use her phone and when she got her phone back, she called the Saluda County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responded to the store and found Austin was hiding in the laundry mat connected to the store. He is now in custody at the Saluda County Detention Center.
Austin had reportedly called a relative to pick himself and Williams up at the store before he was arrested.
Williams is still on the loose and Sheriff John Perry believes there is a good chance to locate him now, as well.
A female, 40-year-old Tenesha Machelle Smith, is also sought in connection to this case. Her whereabouts are also unknown.
Sheriff Perry tells us he is thankful to the citizens of Saluda County and all the local and state agencies that have been so much help for the past two days.
The three males will be charged with Burglary 1st Degree, Attempted Murder, and Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime. Smith will be charged with Conspiracy to commit Burglary, and Providing False Information to Law Enforcement.
Sheriff Perry says the victim is currently doing well. The Sheriff also reiterates to the citizens of Saluda County that if they see any suspicious persons or vehicles in their community to please give the Sheriff’s Office a call 864-445-2112.