Rock Hill gang member pleads guilty to stolen gun charge

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comNovember 8, 2013 

Jermichael Reid

— A Rock Hill gang member with a history of assault and illegally carrying weapons pleaded to guilty to once again carrying stolen guns in a Columbia federal court, officials say.

Jermichael “Ratchet” Reid, 19, will be sentenced after a U.S. District Court judge reviews reports detailing his criminal and family history, according to a news release issued Friday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In April, Rock Hill Police found Reid standing at the corner of Friedheim Road and Wilson Street after receiving a tip that he might have a pistol, according to a Rock Hill police report. When police pulled beside him, Reid fled, running towards Simpson Street and pulling a pistol from his clothes as he ran.

Police caught up with Reid and found a loaded .22 caliber handgun along the path he ran, prosecutors said. Authorities learned he stole the gun from someone else on the street. He was charged with possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent crime, unlawfully carrying a pistol, pointing and presenting a firearm and resisting arrest.

In federal court, he pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen firearm and ammunition.

Reid has a history steeped in the criminal justice system. Last December, he pleaded guilty to kidnapping after police say he assaulted his pregnant girlfriend in a Black Street home. The woman, 22, told police Reid locked the room door before slapping her int he face, grabbing her neck, slamming her head into a wall and threatening to kill her and her unborn child.

He received credit for the 183 days he had already served in jail. While incarcerated, he was charged with third-degree assault and battery after attacking two York County Detention Center officers escorting him to his cell. Both officers suffered minor injuries. Reid pleaded guilty to those charges, as well, and again received credit for time served.

In 2011, he pleaded guilty to pointing and presenting a firearm and unlawfully carrying a pistol after he shot at a Rock Hill man twice. He was sentenced to three years of probation.

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