Authorities in South Carolina arrested two teenagers on Monday after they allegedly shot and killed a Good Samaritan who had helped the duo to pull their SUV out of a ditch it had been stuck in. The pair will face murder charges.
The incident occurred late Monday night in North Charleston, and the shooters have been identified as 17-year-old Deon Frasier and 19-year-old Michael Dupree-Taylor. They were later arrested at their Reserve at Ashley River Apartments on 6520 Dorchester Road. On Tuesday night, a judge denied them both bond during their appearance at a bond hearing. In addition to the murder charges they both face in connection with the shooting, Frasier has also been charged with the possession of a firearm during a violent crime.
According to Fox News, a police affidavit from the North Charleston department states that on the night of the murder, the two teenagers had asked the victim for his help in pulling the 2016 Dodge Durango they had been driving out of a ditch. Eyewitness testimonies said that the man agreed to help the two youngsters with their SUV and asked them for $20 in exchange for the deed. The Charleston County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim of the murder as Chadwick Garrett, who is a 45-year-old North Charleston resident.
Authorities advised that once Garrett had finished helping the pair pull the vehicle out of the ditch, he asked Frasier and Dupree-Taylor about the $20 payment, which is when the younger of the two teens pulled out a gun. Frasier then allegedly fired several rounds at the victim, striking Garrett in the chest. The affidavits state that Deon Frasier then jumped into the passenger side of the SUV and Dupree-Tyler drove as they fled from the scene of their crime.
When the authorities responded to the scene a bit after 11 p.m., they found the Good Samaritan sprawled in the roadway and suffering from gunshot wound to the chest and bleeding from his mouth. Chadwick Garrett died at approximately 11:15 p.m. while at the scene of the shooting near Durant Avenue and North Jimtown Drive.
About 20 minutes after the shooting took place, a woman from the same apartment where the two teenagers reside called dispatch in order to report that her vehicle had been taken without her permission by the pair. The Post and Courier reported that the affidavits from the North Charleston Police department showed that the woman gave a description of her SUV and described Deon Frasier and Michael Dupree-Taylor as the ones who had taken the vehicle. Later, she actually tried to cancel the police response because she had gotten the Durango back.
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However, investigators still arrived at the woman’s apartment since the description of the vehicle and its occupants matched the suspects and the vehicle involved in the shooting. The two teenagers were arrested by investigators at the apartment following a brief standoff, but in the end, they surrendered without incident. The scene of the shooting and murder was approximately six miles from the apartment building where the boys lived. Records show that one Tuesday morning, they were both booked into the Charleston County jail.
Although the State Law Enforcement Division revealed that Dupree-Tyler did not have a record, the Charleston County jail showed that he had eight prior bookings into the jail up to July 2014. Frasier, however, had been out on $10,000 bail for possession of a stolen vehicle. Investigators got a confession from both teens, with Dupree-Taylor admitting to being at the scene of the shooting and Frasier confessing to actually being the one who shot and killed the Good Samaritan.
At the bond hearing on Tuesday, Garrett’s family called the boys cowards, but the dead man’s father said he had pity for the two teenagers because of their age.
[Image via Charleston County Detention Center]