Rock Hill man charged in connection with Lesslie Mart assault

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comJanuary 24, 2013 

— A Rock Hill man faces attempted murder, attempted armed robbery and drug-related charges after police say he conspired with two others in an alleged set up at the Lesslie Mart that left a man with a bloodied leg and wrecked car this past weekend.

Jeffrey Donnovan Rhodes, 43, is held at the York County Detention Center without bond, charged with attempted murder, attempted armed robbery, criminal conspiracy, attempt to purchase crack cocaine and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. He’s also charged as a fugitive from justice.

Police arrested Rhodes on Sunday after an investigation showed that saying he worked with Zachary Miller and Megan Furr, both arrested and charged with attempted armed robbery, criminal conspiracy, conspiracy to buy drugs and accessory after the fact. Furr remains in jail on a $19,000 bond. Miller posted $19,000 bond Monday and was released.

Late Saturday, deputies found a 47-year-old man at the Lesslie Mart “bleeding profusely” from the top of his left leg and suffering from a head wound, according to a York County Sheriff’s report. The man told officers that while he was sitting in his car, Rhodes attacked him.

During the struggle, Rhodes cut the man in his face before hitting him in the leg, said Trent Faris, Sheriff’s Office spokesman. The man then hit the gas of his own car, propelling the car forward until it collided with a power pole, the report states.

The man and his friend told officers that they went to the store to pick up Furr, who allegedly had been fighting with her boyfriend. Furr never showed up, the report states. They said they believed they were set up.

But, police say the confrontation stemmed from a drug deal gone sour, Faris said.

Police found Furr and Miller at the Lesslie Inn and arrested them in connection with the assault. Investigators determined Rhodes was involved and questioned his girlfriend at her apartment a day later. There, they found Rhodes asleep in bed and took him into custody.

— Herald reporter Anna Douglas contributed

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