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Arrest in stabbing

A Hardeeville woman was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, according to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Deputy Roy Hughes said Johnita L. Anderson, 27, stabbed in the back ex-boyfriend Shannon L. Howard, 27, of Ridgeland.

Deputies received a call at 12:30 Sunday morning in reference to a stabbing at Chesterfield Road and Pre-School Lane in the Wagon Branch area.

The deputies said after being stabbed near the right shoulder blade by an unknown object, Howard was being driven to a hospital when deputies reached the victim at the Chevron on Main Street in Ridgeland.

Jasper County EMS transported him to Beaufort Memorial Hospital. Hughes believes Howard was released from the hospital.

Howard told the deputies that he met Anderson near the Pre-School Lane area. A conversation turned into a verbal argument and Howard said he was then stabbed.

After the stabbing, Howard went to his residence and a family member began to drive him to a hospital.

Deputies put out a lookout for Anderson and her vehicle was found at Robin’s Roost Apartments in Hardeeville. She was found in the apartment.

Suspect in ’05 robbery caught 

Wallace Mike, 25 of Ridgeland was arrested Monday and charged with armed robbery. Mike was a suspect in the Aug. 24, 2005 robbery of Hamiltons Store in Coosawhatchie.

Hughes said deputies made a traffic stop in Ridgeland and arrested Mike.

Another suspect, Larry Giles, 21, of Savannah, Ga., was arrested and charged with armed robbery on Sept. 15, 2008.

According to Hughes, the suspects entered the store – one with a shotgun – and assaulted the owner and robbed him of $119, a .22 caliber handgun and a wallet that contained $160.

 Woman shot while making night deposit 

A fireworks store employee was shot early Tuesday morning by a masked man while trying to make a bank deposit, the Hardeeville Police Department reported.

The 28-year-old woman was attempting to make deposit at South Carolina Bank & Trust on Whyte Hardee Boulevard at about 12:30 a.m., said Assistant Police Chief Steve Murphy.

As she was getting out of a minivan, she noticed an armed man approach her from the back of the building, he said.

“She saw him and tried to get back into the vehicle and as she was getting back in, he fired a shot,” he said.

The bullet went through the driver’s side rear door, into the shoulder harness portion of the seatbelt and struck the woman under the left arm, near her armpit, Murphy said.

The woman, along with two other people in the minivan, sped off and drove to a nearby Sunoco gas station where police were called.

A bloodhound with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and the Hardeeville Police Department’s police dog worked together and tracked west toward Interstate 95 along the railroad tracks for about a quarter mile, Murphy said. They followed the scent into the woods and to some nearby houses, where the trail ended, he said.

Police found a shell casing in the bank’s parking lot and a round was recovered from the minivan, but it wasn’t clear what caliber they were, Murphy said.

The woman was taken to Coastal Carolina Hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening gunshot wound, Murphy said.

The armed gunman was described as wearing dark clothing, a mask and was believed to have been between 5-feet-8 inches and 6-feet tall, weighing about 180 pounds.

Anyone within information about the attempted armed robbery is asked to call the police department at 784-2233.

 Erinn McGuire contributed to this report

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