Woman wielding box cutter charged after standoff with police at Fort Mill Lowe’s

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comMarch 28, 2013 

— A homeless woman who officials found walking along Interstate 77 wielding a box cutter is now behind bars after police, deputies and Highway Patrol troopers confronted her in the parking lot of a Fort Mill Lowe’s Home Improvement store Thursday morning.

Pamela Koon, 46, is charged with third-degree assault and battery, according to a Fort Mill Police report. She is held on a $1,000 bond awaiting transport to the York County Detention Center.

Early Thursday, a state Department of Transportation worker responsible for assisting stranded motorists saw Koon walking on the Interstate and asked if she needed assistance, said Fort Mill Police Maj. Bryan Zachary.

That’s when Koon brandished a box cutter and continued walking. The SCDOT employee called the Highway Patrol, who dispatched troopers to follow Koon.

Eventually, they caught up with her in the parking lot of the Lowe’s on S.C. 160, where Koon refused to drop the weapon. Troopers, who drew Tasers on Koon, radioed Fort Mill Police for assistance, Zachary said.

When police arrived, they ordered Koon to drop the box cutter, but she refused, the report states, and warned them to “stay away or I will hurt you; I don’t know who you are.”

The officers drew their weapons just as a trooper managed to sneak behind Koon and knock the box cutter out of her hands. She was then arrested.

Koon has maintained that she’s homeless, Zachary said, and continued to be uncooperative with police during booking.

Although she didn’t physically attack officials, Koon still faces assault charges because state law accuses anyone who attempts to injure another person with the “ability to do so” of assault and battery.

Third-degree assault and battery is a misdemeanor carrying, at most, 30 days in jail.

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