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Thursday, July 28, 2011

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies on Tuesday, July 26 arrested a 19-year-old Gilbert man and 21-year-old Gilbert man on charges that the two men broke into a vacant mobile home on Augusta Highway near Gilbert and stole a window air-conditioning unit.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said deputies arrested Arromus Jamario Abney, 21, of 328 Summers Place Drive, Gilbert; and Johnny Lavon Bowers, Jr., 19, of 328 Summers Place Drive, Gilbert. Abney was arrested on charges of second-degree burglary, pointing and presenting a firearm and criminal conspiracy. Bowers was arrested on a charge of second-degree burglary.

Abney was being held on Wednesday, July 27 at the Lexington County Detention Center on bail totaling $50,000, Metts said. Bowers was being held on Wednesday, July 27 at the county Detention Center on a $10,000 bond.

Marlon Hernandez, who owns the vacant mobile home, telephoned the Sheriff’s Department at about 11:16 a.m. on Tuesday and reported that two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, were in the process of breaking into the home at 3810 Augusta Highway, Metts said. Hernandez lives at a second mobile home that is adjacent to the vacant mobile home.

Capt. John “J.J.” Jones detained Abney at the intersection of Summers Place Drive and Redhaven Road, Metts said. Jones found Abney about 200 yards from the vacant mobile home. Jones serves as commander of the West Region Patrol District, which is based near Gilbert.

Deputies later arrested Bowers at Bowers’ home, Metts said.

Sgt. Sam Gunter interviewed Hernandez and several additional witnesses who identified Abney and Bowers as the two men who broke into the vacant mobile home, Metts said.

Hernandez told deputies that he saw Abney and Bowers walking out of the vacant mobile home, carrying a window air-conditioning unit, Metts said.

Hernandez told deputies that he later confronted Abney, who removed a handgun from his pants and pointed the gun at Hernandez in a threatening manner, Metts said. Deputies recovered the window air-conditioning unit that Abney and Bowers stole from the vacant mobile home.

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