News In Brief - June 12, 2007

Three men have been charged with lynching after police say they attacked a couple at Rock Hill's River Park on Saturday, according to a Rock Hill police report.

Steve South, 31, of Avery, N.C., Joshua Kelley, 18, of Crossnor, N.C., and Daymon Pritchard, 18, of Newland N.C., were all in jail Monday night on $200,000 bonds, a York County Detention Center official said.

According to the report, the three men began arguing with a couple from Fort Mill at the park around 5 p.m. Saturday. The report states the men began hitting and kicking the couple, causing cuts and bruises.

Police responded to the scene minutes later and after getting a description of the men's car, tracked them to a friend's house on Destiny Lane, the report states. The victims identified the attackers, and police arrested all three men, the report states. According to the report, the victims were treated for their injuries by EMS at the scene.

According to state law, lynching is defined as any act of violence upon another person by a group of two or more. The felony carries a sentence of three to 20 years in prison, if convicted.

Man injured while fighting off robber

A Rock Hill man was cut several times while fighting off a robber at his home Thursday night, according to a Rock Hill police report.

The 60-year-old man told police he was at his home on Crawford Road at 9:45 p.m. Thursday when someone knocked on his door, the report states. The man opened the door, and a man grabbed him, held a box cutter to his neck and demanded money, the report states.

According to the report, the man pushed the assailant back onto the front porch and began fighting with him. During the fight, the man knocked the attacker to the ground and escaped back inside the home where he watched the man flee, the report states.

The victim took himself to the hospital where police were notified and he received treatment for cuts to his hands, legs, arms and chest, the report states.

Police took pictures of the crime scene for evidence, according to the report.

Woman says she was robbed at gunpoint

A Chester woman told police she was robbed at gunpoint Saturday morning, according to a Rock Hill police report.

The woman, 24, told police she was sitting in her car outside an apartment on Cedar Post Lane in Rock Hill around 10:50 a.m. when a man came to the window, pointed a handgun and demanded money, the report states. The man then reached in the open window, grabbed the woman's purse and fled, according to the report.

The report states police brought in a K-9 team to track the man -- who the woman said was wearing a T-shirt wrapped around his face -- but could not locate him.

The woman told police he escaped with her purse and $600 in cash, the report states.

Coroner: Former USC student dies from fall

COLUMBIA -- A former University of South Carolina student found dead near one of the school's parking garages fell to his death, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said Monday.

The body of Ronald Chambers, 19, of Simpsonville, was found by construction workers around 9:30 a.m. Saturday on the university's Columbia campus, school spokesman Russ McKinney said

While an autopsy determined Chambers was killed by the fall, investigators are still trying to determine why he fell, Watts said.

Chambers had previously taken classes at the university, but was not enrolled last semester, McKinney said.

During summer weekends, there is little activity in the area where the body was found, McKinney said.