The Daily Gamecock

Crime Blotter: 2/14/16 - 2/20/16

Feb. 14, police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance and met 22-year-old Vanika Thomas upon arrival. Several residents were still arguing loudly, and the suspect, 29-year-old Aaron Dicks, had already left. Thomas stated that Dicks was her boyfriend and that he had punched her, pulled her hair and hurt her wrist. She continued to yell while police questioned her and admitted to having broken the flower pot and glass that the officers had seen inside. Police arrested Thomas for disorderly conduct and provided her with a victim's form so she could fill out a report against Dicks. Officers did not observe any evidence of injuries on Thomas resulting from a recent assault.

Feb. 16, police responded to a call near Allen University, where the victim, a 20-year-old woman, told the responding officer that the suspect, Tyreek Blair, 20, had assaulted her. She said they began arguing outside Coconuts Caribbean Restaurant before they got into her car. When Blair began hitting the victim, she drove away from the restaurant and turned on the location on her phone so her friends knew where she was. The victim said that she was pulled over by the police on Harden Street, and they detained the suspect. The officer observed a swollen jar, cut lips, a black eye and scratches on the victim's neck. Both the victim and the suspect are students at Allen University.

Feb. 17, an officer was dispatched to an address on Barnwell Street in connection to a delayed assault report. The complainant, a 53-year-old man, stated that the problem began several weeks ago when his neighbor's dog attacked his service dog. The complainant said that he went to discuss the problem with his neighbor, but the encounter became violent. He said that his neighbor punched him, and then tackled and kicked him. The officer observed minor injuries on the complainant's head, and Richland County EMS transported him to Palmetto Baptist Hospital.