York County deputies investigating the attempted murder of a 70-year-old Rock Hill Vietnam War veteran Aug. 23 found a stolen .45-caliber revolver in a Union motel room that had been taken from a Clover man about a month ago, police reports show.
Police allege Ben Patrick Smith, Wolfgang Liewald and Kaylan Whiteside schemed to burglarize the home of Wayne Whiteside on Aug. 23. Whiteside was shot once in the torso during the home invasion. Kaylan Whiteside is the victim’s granddaughter, police said. All three face attempted murder, burglary, conspiracy and weapons charges.
However, the trio avoided arrest for days and two of them were caught more than 35 miles away in Union.
The three were identified by statements from the victim as well as kidnap and burglary tools found during the investigation, according to arrest warrants obtained by The Herald.
Wayne Whiteside was shot with a .22 caliber-gun, arrest warrants show. He was hospitalized for several days in Charlotte.
Detectives have not released any details from the incident. However, the handgun seized Friday from the Days Inn motel room was a .45-caliber revolver reported stolen from a Clover man in early August, according to a York County Sheriff’s Office report.
Smith was arrested early last week, then Liewald was arrested when a Union Public Safety patrolman saw him lurking near a Bojangle’s restaurant, police say. The officer ran Liewald’s license tag and found that he was wanted by York County deputies in the shooting. Union police also arrested the passenger in Liewald’s car, Tonya Davis.
Davis, 34, of Rock Hill, remains jailed at the York County Detention Center under a $50,000 bond for alleged probation violation. Shortly after Liewald and Davis were taken into custody, Kaylan Whiteside was arrested by Union police, then handed over to York County deputies.
Smith, 42, Liewald, 32, and Kaylan Whiteside, 21, remain jailed at the York County Detention Center without bond.