KERSHAW COUNTY (WACH) - Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews says a man out on bond for attempted murder charges was arrested in connection with a string of home burglaries Tuesday morning.
Torance Lamar Peoples, 21, who was arrested in October 2012 and charged with seven counts of attempted murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after allegedly firing into a crown of people at a McDonalds restaurant, is now charged with burglary, according to Matthews. Peoples was released on bond for the Richland County charges and also has previous arrests for strong armed robbery and burglary.
â??Once again our criminal justice system has failed the citizens it is supposed to protect,â?? said Matthews. â??Seven counts of attempted murder and related weapons charges in Columbia are apparently not serious enough for Peoples to be considered a danger to the community and kept in jail. This is beyond ridiculous.â??
Authorities say Kershaw County deputies received a tip after multiple home burglaries in the county.
Deputies lifted fingerprints from items they say were in the process of being stolen and matched the print through the a fingerprint identification system to Peoples.
Matthews says an anonymous caller gave the location of Peoples to deputies, who contacted the Richland County Sheriff's Department Fugitive Task Force. Peoples was located and handed over to the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office.
An Elgin police officer who interviewed Peoples says the suspect was "less than totally cooperative."
Peoples is being detained in the Kershaw County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.