Rock Hill police arrest man for ‘making loud, animalistic noises’ in restroom

Mitchell Allen Thomas
Mitchell Allen Thomas York County Detention Center

A man who was making loud noises in a bathroom stall at a Rock Hill gas station was later jailed on multiple charges, including drug distribution, shoplifting and giving false information to police, according to law enforcement records.

Mitchell Allen Thomas, 41, of Richburg, was charged with two counts of shoplifting, possession of a controlled substance, giving false information and use of another’s ID card, according to jail records. He remained in the York County Detention Center on Monday under $49,700 bond.

A Rock Hill police officer stopped to use the restroom at the QuickTrip on North Anderson Road on Saturday and heard a man in one of the stalls “making loud, animalistic noises and using repeated profanity,” according to a police report. When asked if he was well, the man told the officer he “had eaten Taco Bell and the ‘hot peppers’ made him sick.”

While speaking with officers, Thomas “acted erratically, moving excessively and speaking in a rambling” manner, police said. He gave them an ID that was later determined to belong to a man who was incarcerated in the Chester County jail at the time. Police say the name Thomas provided did not match with the birth date and Social Security number he provided.

During a search of Thomas before he was placed in the patrol car, officers found in his pants pocket a partially empty orange drink bottle, a syringe and a plastic spoon with visible residue on it, the report states. Thomas told officers he used the spoon and syringe to inject Oxycodone, and that he had shoplifted the orange drink from the store.

Thomas was charged under the false name he had given officers, police said. It wasn’t until after his bond had been set that they received an anonymous phone call saying the man with the name Thomas had provided was in jail in Chester County.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala