Javon Mack (left) and Michael Lee (Greenville Police Dept.)
Investigators search the car they said was abandoned by the trio. (Feb. 21, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Authorities in Greenville were searching for several men who they said fled after a traffic stop Thursday night, including one man sought on an attempted murder charge.
Lt. Tim Ridgeway of the Greenville County Sheriff's Office said U.S. Marshals were following a vehicle, which they believed held two suspects in an attempted murder case in Greenville. He said that when marshals stopped the vehicle near the intersection of Augusta Street and West Tallulah Drive, four men jumped out of the vehicle and ran.
Ridgeway said one of the men was quickly arrested and was one of the two suspects wanted on a charge of attempted murder. Greenville police identified him as 17-year-old Michael Lee, though deputies had earlier named him as Michael Lee Devon. Lee was charged with two counts of attempted murder, discharging a firearm into a dwelling, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, among other charges.
Police said the other suspect wanted on a charge of attempted murder was 17-year-old Javon Mack. Deputies had previously said Mack was 53 years old. Police have issued warrants for Mack on two counts of attempted murder, discharging a firearm into a dwelling, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, among other charges.
Thursday night, a perimeter was established near the intersection of Augusta Court and Phillips Lane and search dogs were brought in, said Ridgeway. Ridgeway said two guns were found at the scene - one inside the vehicle and one on the ground near the vehicle.
Greenville police said Friday morning they received calls about Mack and another man knocking on doors in the area, looking for rides. One man, Andrew Miller, answered his door, and explained what happened exclusively to Fox Carolina.
"I was just trying to be a good Samaritan, yeah, they were cold. It was cold last night. [They were] shivering, just trying to get them home, he said him and his mom had been fighting, I felt bad for them, gave them some clothes and everything, and they stole my car!" Miller said.
Miller said he had the two men get into his dark gray Durango and he stopped for gas at the Spinx gas station on Augusta Street. He said when he got back into the car, a police officer knocked on his window and asked him to get out. When he was out of the car, he said Mack jumped into the driver's seat and drove away.
Saturday Miller told FOX Carolina that he had found his car stranded on White Horse Road. He says police have the car in custody now but will be returning it to him shortly.
Friday morning, Greenville County Schools spokesman Oby Lyles said Blythe Elementary and Hughes Middle were on partial lockdown because of Thursday night's search. The schools are located not far from where the car was stopped. The lockdowns were lifted before 10:30 a.m.
According to arrest warrants, Mack and Lee shot at two people on Feb. 10, striking one of the victims.
Deputies said they were not lead on the case, but had assisted Greenville police in the search Thursday night.
Anyone with information about Mack and the others' whereabouts is asked to call police at 864-271-4273 or Crime Stoppers at 864-23-CRIME.
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