By Patrick Yost
South Carolina authorities last Wednesday, Nov. 13 arrested a second suspect in a multi-state, two-day crime spree that included the shooting of an elderly Buckhead man.
According to Chief Deputy Keith Howard, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Barnwell, S.C. Police Department officers arrested Tre’ Quan Garvin, 20, after Garvin was observed as a passenger in a vehicle that drove past the Barnwell Police Department headquarters. The vehicle was stopped, Howard said, and Garvin attempted to flee on foot but was detained by officers.
Garvin’s arrest ended a furious two-day investigation that started with the theft of a vehicle Sunday, Nov. 10 in Williston S.C. According to Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley, the department worked with Barnwell Police Department investigators, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (S.L.E.D) officers, Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) to locate and arrest Garvin. A co-suspect, Terry Jenkins, was arrested on Monday, Nov. 11 around 2 p.m. while walking in a neighborhood in Barnwell, S.C.
The Buckhead shooting victim, 72-year-old Raymond McCullough, was treated for a gunshot wound to the forearm, Howard said, and has returned home. Authorities allege that Garvin and Jenkins drove the stolen vehicle from Williston to Henry County where they allegedly robbed a Racetrac convenience store at gunpoint and stole a 2019 Chevrolet Equinox after beating an elderly woman. The Equinox, Howard said, was equipped with OnStar and that service alerted authorities that the vehicle was traveling eastbound on Interstate 20 in Morgan County. As officer scrambled around 4:30 a.m. to locate the vehicle, the Equinox was disabled by OnStar and was located on the side of I-20.
At 6:45 a.m. McCullough was walking to his 1996 Lexus 300 to go to work when he was confronted by two black males who demanded his car keys. Howard said McCullough scuffled with the men and was shot. Howard said three 10mm shell casings and a “slide” (a type of footwear) was located at McCullough’s Alfor Lane residence. “He refused to give them the keys and they shot him,” Howard said.
When Garvin was arrested, Howard said, he had in his possession a 10 mm pistol and the keys to the stolen Lexus. Authorities also observed that Garvin was missing a “slide.”
Markley said he was appreciative of the work to bring the spree to an end and warned that the suspects were dangerous individuals. “They both demonstrated a lack of concern for anybody but themselves,” he said, “not only here but in Henry County where they beat up an elderly woman.” He said he was “extremely pleased with the effort not only of our sheriff’s office investigators but with other jurisdictions including the Barnwell, S.C. Police Department.
Howard said phone records were able to place one of the suspects in Morgan County during the time of the robbery. Howard said the Lexus has not been recovered but the vehicle taken from Williston was found in the parking lot of the Henry County Racetrac Convenience store.