SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -- "I have three children and I did not know if I was going to make it back to see them," one of the victims a teen is accused of sexually assaulting during a New Year's Day crime spree in Spartanburg County, which included including armed robbery and sex assaults at businesses in the city of Spartanburg and a burglary in the county, said during the suspect's bond hearing.

The suspect, 19-year-old Jamal Ryan Smith of Spartanburg, was arrested on Thursday after Spartanburg County deputies said he led them on a foot chase and pulled a gun during the pursuit.

Spartanburg police initially charged Smith with five counts of kidnapping, five counts of armed robbery, five counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, and three counts of criminal sexual conduct.

Spartanburg County deputies also charged Smith with pointing and presenting a firearm and unlawful possession of a weapon for the incident involving a gun during the foot chase before his arrest. Deputies also charged Smith with burglary and possession of a weapon during a violent crime after an incident on Sherwood Drive on Wednesday.

Smith faces 26 charges as of Friday afternoon and the investigation is ongoing.

He was denied bond Friday afternoon after the emotional plea from one victim and the judge read statements from the other sex assault victim and her mother.


Police said they were first called around 1:21 p.m. on New Year's Day about two separate sexual assault victims at businesses on Southport Road and Cedar Springs Road.

Once incident happened at the Domino's Pizza on Southport Road. The incident states police were called to a disturbance with weapons that included a sexual assault investigation.

The second incident was at AIM Fitness on Cedar Springs Road. The incident report states the case involved a forcible sex assault and kidnapping in which a handgun was used. 

Later, at 6:47 p.m., police said they were called to the Advanced Auto at 2189 Southport Road for an armed robbery.

In that case, officers said the same suspect entered the store, pulled out a gun, and demanded money from the cash register and the safe. A store employee complied with the suspect's demands and handed him cash.

The suspect fled on foot.

K-9s were called in but the suspect was not found.

In all the cases in the city, police said the suspect is a male, around 18, who was armed with a semi-automatic style handgun. The suspect was wearing white Nikes, blue jeans, and a faded black or gray hooded sweatshirt during all three crimes. Police said he used the hoodie to hide his face, only exposing his right eye to victims.


Spartanburg County deputies said Smith was also charged in a burglary on Sherwood Drive that occurred shortly before 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

The victim told deputies the suspect came to her door and when she cracked it open, he asked her for a dollar. When the victim refused to give the suspect money, she said he pushed open the door and entered the home. The victim said the suspect pulled out a gun and pointed it at her husband, who was also armed. When the suspect saw the husband's gun, he reportedly ran off toward Robinhood Road.


Solicitor Barry Barnette appeared in Smith's bond hearing on Friday to detail the crimes Smith is accused of. 

The solicitor told the judge Smith was carrying the same bag he was seen with in surveillance video from the auto store, was wearing the same clothes as the suspect in the Domino's assault, and was carrying the same gun that all the victim's described.

Barnette also revealed the Smith was out of jail on probation and had other charges pending against him.

Barnette told the judge the sex assaults happened within half an hour of one another and provided statements written by one victim and her mother.

The judge read those statements.

In her letter, the AIM Fitness victim said, “I thought I was going to die and never see my family again."

Her mother also had a strong message for Smith, "We despise you for this.”

The victim of the Domino's assault spoke from the courtroom, admitting that she was also terrified she would never see her children again.

The judge denied bond for Smith.


While the investigation is ongoing, anyone with further information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888CRIMESC, or Investigator Chindar Ryant at 864-612-0880.

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Odin Wanderer

I miss the days when POS like this would swing from a tree.


Sometimes, I wish we had a severe punishment for this (such as the death penalty) for people like this. Maybe it would discourage them from doing such terrible things 😔


amazing the amount of crimes that the 13% commit every year .


They are just so ruthless and violent! And thier rap “music” only encourages this kind of lifestyle!


While only 13% of the population in the USA is black 85% of all violent interracial crimes are committed by blacks 80% of all shootings are committed by blacks 79% of all robberies are committed by blacks... 59% of all murders are committed by blacks 52% of all violent juvenile crimes are committed by blacks 49% of all murder victims are black 45% of all drug offenses are committed by blacks 42% of all cop killers are black 8% of America’s population are black men, yet they account for 40% of America’s total prison population. 99% of all major riots involving property damage, looting and civil disobedience are committed by blacks as opposed to ANY OTHER minority in America. Blacks Commit 25X more Violent Assaults against Whites than Whites against Blacks. And the most amazing statistic of all; 33% of all crimes in America are committed by 3% of the population; blacks between the ages of 16 and 36 42% of blacks are on welfare (Dept. of Commerce) Only 59% blacks graduate high school (only 20% in Detroit) Over 60% of black households have no fathers present 72% of black mothers are unwed, 72%! All info is from DOJ, FBI and Dept of Commerce statistics. If you don’t believe them please feel free to look them up yourself.

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