CLOVER, SC - A California man is facing charges after police say he used an inhaler to steal beer from two men before using his head to break the windshield of a police cruiser.
According to a Clover Police report, officers were called to a Kangaroo Express early Tuesday morning to the report of an armed robbery.
Photos: Man used inhaler to steal beer, broke police windshield with head, reports state
Officers spoke to two men who said they were walking along the sidewalk after buying beer and were approached by a man who pointed what appeared to be a silver pistol at them and demanded their beer. The report indicates that the armed man threatened to kill them if they didn't hand over the alcohol.
The man, later identified as 23-year-old Ashton Graham of California, then ran away from the scene with a case of Keystone Ice and a case of Budweiser beer.
Officers called the York County Sheriff's Office to ask for assistance from the department's K-9 unit to track Graham. Investigators followed a trail of beer cans and empty cartons as the K-9 unit tracked Graham.
911 dispatchers notified officers that employees from a nearby business had called and said that a male covered in blood was on their property and "acting very strange."
Employees told officers that the man was "very intoxicated and told them that he had been assaulted by three black males," the Clover Police report states. When employees told Graham they were calling police, he reportedly "got up off the sidewalk, fell down and dropped a Budweiser beer out of his pocket and got back up." That's when ran out into the field behind the company, employees told police.
K-9 units were able to track Graham to the woods behind the building and he was placed into custody. Police say when he was being led to the patrol car, he became extremely agitated and very combative with officers.
According to the York County Sheriff's report, Graham stared at deputies and screamed "What the [expletive] are you looking at?" Graham reportedly continued to swear at the deputies as they patted him down to check for weapons.
A deputy located what appeared to be a cap to an asthma inhaler in Graham's pocket. When the deputy asked Graham if he had an inhaler and he replied, "Yes, I have [expletive] asthma."
Graham then allegedly reared his head backwards and slammed it into the patrol car's back windshield, shattering the window.
Investigators moved Graham away from the cruiser and the "right side of his face was covered in blood from him breaking the glass window," the report states.
While waiting for medical crews, Graham made repeated remarks "that included but not limited to: officers slammed him on the concrete causing his injuries, used night sticks to break the windows and other abstract and untrue statements. At one point, Mr. Graham even asked officers if we wanted to see him slam his head on the concrete," the Sheriff's report states.
Graham reportedly made several references about being from California, saying he was a 3rd degree black belt in Karate and Ju Jit Su and that he "has seen children murdered." Deputies say he was verbally abusive to investigators and reportedly said he could hurt them if he wanted to.
While Graham was transported to Piedmont Medical Center to have his injuries treated, he allegedly told officers that he had used an inhaler to look like a weapon during the robbery.
Graham is charged with Armed Robbery and Damage to Town Property. He's being held at the Moss Justice Detention Center under a $7,470 bond.
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