Rock Hill man charged with assault after trapping moped riders in fishing line

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comMay 29, 2014 

Jerry McClure

— Tired of a man and woman riding up and down the road on their moped, deputies say a Rock Hill man placed fishing line across the road that trapped the two and cut one man’s lip on Tuesday.

Deputies were sent to Adnah Hills Avenue, off Adnah Church Road, at about 10:20 p.m. after a man, 31, and woman, 24, reported that someone set up fishing line to purposely harm them, according to a York County Sheriff’s report. The woman didn’t report any injuries, but the man, who was still wrapped in the fishing line when deputies arrived, suffered a cut on his lip.

The two told deputies they were riding through the intersection of Adnah Hills and Clayton avenues on their moped when they got caught in the fishing line.

The fishing line was spread across the intersection and led to an Adnah Hills Avenue home, the report states.

A man who answered the door told deputies he did not lay out the fishing line, but explained that his brother, Jerry McClure, ran into the house after the incident and threw a fishing pole behind the couch. Deputies found the pole.

McClure, 37, told deputies he was tired of the man and woman riding up and down the road on their moped, the report states. He put the fishing line “up loosely,” he told deputies, and intended for it to be a joke. He did not intend to cause harm and reiterated that it was a prank.

Deputies arrested McClure and charged him with two counts of third-degree assault and battery. He was released from jail Wednesday on a $2,185 bond.

McClure on Thursday told The Herald that he never intended to cause any harm, but had earlier tried to get the moped riders' attention so they would stop zooming in his neighborhood.

He said he returned home from work at about 6 p.m. and noticed the man and woman speeding up and down the street. At one point, he said, the woman nearly hit a mobile home while she operated the moped.

They were "wide open," he said, and he wanted them to stop because there were children in the neighborhood and the strangers, whom he had never seen in the area before, were causing a disturbance.

McClure said, in hindsight, he should have recorded the two people on the moped and called police.

"Hindsight is 20/20," he said. "I could've made a better decision, but I wasn't trying to hurt anybody, just get their attention."

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