Arrest made in Rock Hill church field vandalism

Kevin Taylor Hines
Kevin Taylor Hines

The York County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday charged a man with vandalizing the field next to a Rock Hill church earlier this month.

Kevin Taylor Hines, 22, was charged with damage to property less than $2,000 and placed in the York County detention center. He was released Tuesday night on $470 bond, according to Trent Faris, a sheriff’s office spokesman.

Hines is accused of driving through a field next to Friendship United Methodist Church on Neely Store Road in the early hours of May 10, digging up grass on much of the field.

Church officials said some of the ruts were 3 inches deep, and estimated it would cost $1,000 to repair the field.

Witnesses reported seeing a black Ford pickup driving through the field about 3:15 a.m. on May 10. Investigators later spoke with a man identified as the owner of the truck, who said he let Hines, an employee of his, borrow the truck because he had no transportation, according to a sheriff’s report. He told investigators he requested the truck back after learning it was involved with the damage to the church field.

An investigator located Hines at an address on Starnes Drive, where he admitted to being the driver of the truck and that he was intoxicated when he caused the damage to the field, the report states.

Faris said investigators were able to identify Hines as a suspect thanks to tips from witnesses and video captured by the surveillance system of a nearby home.

Hines has a prior criminal history that includes convictions of assault and battery, grand larceny and criminal conspiracy, according to a background check from the State Law Enforcement Division. He was charged in April with two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, second degree.

Teddy Kulmala •  803-329-4082