In his haste to flee from a police officer, a wanted Rock Hill man pushed his bicycle at the policeman, ran behind a nearby elementary school and then hid under a bed in his baby’s mother’s house on Saturday, police said.
At about 4:45 p.m., a police department street crimes officer stopped a man riding his BMX-style bicycle on the wrong side of the road and into oncoming traffic on Barrow Street off Dave Lyle Boulevard, according to a Rock Hill police report. The man gave police another person’s name, a fake birthday and claimed to live on Cauthen Street.
Police checked the name through dispatch and found that that person was wanted in Charleston for failing to appear in court, the report states. That’s when the man threw his bicycle at the police officer and began to run. The officer commanded him to stop, but the man continued to run north on Barrow Street before he turned on Pitts Street towards Cauthen Street. He continued running, crossing over Annafrel Street and climbing a hill towards the back of Northside Elementary School. He ran onto Kiley Court, where the officer lost sight of him.
Joined by other officers, the policeman retraced his path from his patrol car and found the man’s discarded Michael Jordan shoes in the road at the intersection of Cauthen and Pitts streets. They went to the Cauthen Street home the man first disclosed to police and spoke with a woman in an upstairs bedroom who claimed she did not see or hear anyone come up the stairs.
After police questioned her for several minutes, the woman admitted that she knew the suspect, but his real name is Nathaniel James Campbell, 19. She told police Campbell is the father of her child and was likely in an adjacent room hiding.
Police found Campbell in the other room hiding under a bed, the report states. Campbell was arrested and told police he lied because he knew Rock Hill Police had warrants for his arrest for possession of marijuana and driving under suspension.
Police served Campbell with the warrants, but also charged him with false information to police and failure to identify. His child’s mother was arrested and charged with hindering police.