Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper held a news conference October 23 where he called the arrest of three suspects charged with killing a K9’s death ‘crooks, criminals, thieves and thugs,’ WYFF4 News reported Friday. A woman affiliated with the three suspects was also arrested and charged with filing a false police report. Prior Examiner articles by Penny Eims covering what originally began as a carjacking can be found under ‘suggested by the author.’
The men accused in the carjacking, which led to a chase that ended in the death of K-9 Officer Hyco are 23-year-old Sergio Martin, 22-year-old David Fitzgerald Morris Jr., and 18-year-old Martavious Shamon Craig, who turned himself into the authorities. Shirlandria Shaqua Dixon was charged with filing a false police report of a felony. Martin, Morris and Craig were denied bond and Dixon’s bond was set at $20,000 at a video conference hearing Friday morning.
The two charges of attempted murder of a police officer carries 30 years in prison for each charge. Cruelty to a police dog carries a maximum fine of $5,000 and up to five years in prison. Anderson County Sheriff’s Office reports more charges of aiding and abetting may be coming against other suspects.
Martin was arrested a short time after the shooting. Craig turned himself in, and Morris was arrested after a traffic stop found him hiding under a blanket in the back seat of a car driven by a woman. Dixon was arrested Thursday. Sheriff Skipper thanked members of the news media for staying silent on certain information pertaining to the carjacking and the apprehension of the suspects.
According to an October 23 report by WYFF4 News, Craig is also considered a suspect in a home invasion in Seneca on October 10. Items taken found in the car include three stolen guns, a stolen laptop and a bag of marijuana. Craig was also charged with improper storing of a machine gun.
Sheriff Skipper held up a photo of Sergio Martin at the press conference and showed multiple pages of Martin being arrested and released on bond multiple times. Both Martin and Craig have a long criminal record, with Martin being out on bond from another violent crime (burglary) prior to this latest arrest. When asked why he thought the suspects ran from police, Skipper stated
“Because they are crooks, criminals, thieves and thugs.”
Skipper joins the rest of Anderson County who are tired of the court system, where judges have to make tough decisions, charges are reduced, and deputies end up chasing the same people over and over. Thanked for their assistance in the investigation are the Anderson Police Department, the Anderson Fire Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Crimestoppers, the Department of Natural Resources, Emergency Medical Services, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office K9 teams, the Oconee County Fire Department, the Red Cross, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the U.S. Marshals Task Force and a K9 unit from Simpsonville police.
Ms. Dixon is being critisized as the cause of this tragedy, as she wasn’t carjacked and the report was just one person getting mad at another and driving off. She has her first court hearing November 20 at 9 a.m. Click here to view the bond hearing. It’s a long video but well worth watching.
Please keep Officer Brandon Surratt in your thoughts as he is responsible about decisions on Hyco’s memorial. Hyco will be laid to rest next week in the K9 cemetery at Chris Taylor Park. Updates can be found on the Facebook: Anderson County Sheriff’s Office community page.