Police have charged another man in connection with home invasions in Rock Hill last summer in which a 6-year-old child was one of several tied up and a man nearly died from injuries sustained in an attack, authorities say.
York County officials have created a task force to investigate a string of incidents that might be linked to the men charged in the home invasions, 16th Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett said Monday in a bond hearing for John Devonte Harfield, the first man charged in the July shooting and robberies.
Earl Denzell Crockett, 26, of Rock Hill was arrested last weekend and faces 29 charges, including attempted murder, in connection with incidents on Albright Road last summer and a burglary on Lumpkin Circle last month.
Crockett faces numerous armed robbery, burglary, kidnapping, assault, criminal conspiracy and weapons charges, police documents show.
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Earlier this month, police charged Harfield, 26, with 23 charges including attempted murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, burglary, assault and criminal conspiracy in connection with the home invasions in July. Harfield faces at least 40 charges in more than five incidents.
Judge Lee Alford denied Harfield's bond, citing his possible danger to the community and flight risk. If convicted, Harfield faces more than 100 years in prison on the more than 40 charges authorities have filed.
Both Crockett and Harfield face charges in two home invasions and a burglary July 1 on Albright Road.
During one of the home invasions, two children as young as 6 were at home.
Crockett is charged in an Oct. 25 burglary on Lumpkin Circle where a TV, handgun, radio and cash were stolen, according to police.
Authorities say four men broke into two homes around 3 a.m. July 1 and tied up the residents and robbed them. One of the victims, a 56-year-old man, was shot in the buttocks and suffered a head injury in the attack. The houses were ransacked and the residents were tied up, including a small child. A car, several TVs, laptops, video game systems, four piggy banks and other items were stolen.
Crockett's criminal history includes convictions for marijuana and cocaine possession, possession of a stolen vehicle and driving-related offenses, according to a SLED background check.
Harfield has a criminal history dating back to 1998, 16th Circuit Deputy Solicitor Willy Thompson said, including convictions for strong-arm robbery, drug possession, receiving stolen property, and breaking and entering auto. He's been charged with numerous other offenses in South Carolina since 2001, according to a SLED background check.
Harfield faces theft- and driving-related charges from Fort Mill earlier this year. He's accused of stealing a lawn mower, trailer and go-kart, Thompson said.
Harfield and Crockett are being held at the Moss Justice Center in York awaiting a future court appearance.
"He is very dangerous," Brackett said of Harfield during the hearing. "These are very, very serious cases. He poses an extreme danger to the community - any community he's in."
The task force was created after Harfield was arrested and officials realized there were number of agencies around the county investigating incidents in which he's believed to be involved.
"The only sensible thing was to join forces," Brackett said. "These cases cause a great deal of concern for law enforcement across the county."
The State Law Enforcement Division and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are also investigating, Brackett said.
Harfield and Ted Lester Coit, 25, were arrested in October on charges related to thefts in York County. Police interrupted a theft of tires and rims from a vehicle on Blucher Circle in Clover. Officers discovered a vehicle propped up on a jack and cinder blocks with rims missing. They located the rims in a nearby vehicle.
Police stopped drivers in Lake Wylie before capturing Harfield and Coit on Interstate 77. Harfield was charged in that case with grand larceny, burglary and criminal conspiracy charges.