ROCK HILL — A Rock Hill man accused of stuffing $50 worth of men’s underwear into an orange purse at a discount store on Friday knocked on a stranger’s door, asked for money and then led police on a foot chase that sent them into the yard of a neighborhood church on Saturday.
At about 6:30 p.m. Friday, police were called to the Dollar General on South Cherry Road after receiving complaints that a man wearing a navy blue hooded jacket and toboggan and sporting an orange purse stole merchandise and then left without paying, according to a Rock Hill police report. Police searched the area but did not find the suspect.
The store’s manager told police the suspect, whom she identified as Daneishia Reid, 25, took $50 in underwear, the report states. She recognized Reid from a previous incident in which he was placed on trespass notice from the store. Police watched video of the man fleeing the store after stealing the underwear. A witness told police he saw Reid put the items in the purse, but he did not know him and could not provide a name.
On Saturday, a 61-year-old man called police, reporting that a “suspicious black female” knocked on his door asking for money and then asking to come into his home, according to a second Rock Hill police report. He told police that he recognized the suspect, who he believed was involved in a possible robbery in the past using the same tactics. He did not let the suspect inside. The suspect began walking up Warner Street, off Crawford Road, knocking on other doors.
Police spotted the suspect and identified him as Reid, who ran from the officer and ignored commands to stop. Another officer arrived on the scene and pursued Reid as he raced down Crawford Road. Police continued chasing Reid as he ran through the property of Rose of Sharon Baptist Church at the corner of Crawford Road and Irwin Street. Officers caught Reid at a Greentree Drive home, charging him with failure to identify and resisting police.
The Dollar General witness identified Reid from a photo lineup. He was also charged with shoplifting.
Reid is the same man with a purse police accused last week of stealing $107 worth of soap and Vaseline from the Heckle Boulevard Family Dollar.