Report: Trespassing suspect found hiding under Rock Hill home

King Rock Hill Police

A man jailed for trespassing at a Rock Hill home was found hiding under another house by an officer and a bloodhound, according to Rock Hill Police.

The owner of a rental home on Simrill Street told officers Saturday morning that he entered the house to work on it and saw a man walk out of the back bedroom, according to the report. The owner told the man not to move and that he was calling police, but the suspect fled. The owner grabbed a kitchen knife and chased him.

Officers searched for the suspect and found his sweatshirt on the ground behind a home on the 200 block of Carroll Street, police said. They saw him running on Green Street Extension but lost sight of him.

A bloodhound tracked the suspect to a home on the 1100 block of Green Street Extension, where police found him hiding in a crawl space underneath the home, the report states. An officer had to crawl under the home to pull him out.

The owner of the Simrill Street home identified the suspect, 43-year-old Timothy King, as the man he saw running out of his home, police said.

An officer returned to the Simrill Street home to wait for forensics, and saw another unidentified man carrying metal that was taken from an air conditioning unit in the front yard, police said. He was also holding a socket wrench that he later said he used to take the unit apart.

That suspect, 51-year-old Robert Starr, put his hands in the air and said, “I’m not doing anything,” according to the report. When asked what he was doing, Starr said he was “moving some metal he found in the roadway.”

Starr was charged with trespassing and property damage to obtain non-ferrous metal, according to jail records. He remained in the Moss Justice Center under $20,000 bond Monday.

King was charged with trespassing and failure to identify, according to jail records. He was placed in the Rock Hill city jail and released Sunday under $1,552 bond.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala