Ex-bond agent faces new charges in impersonation case

By DEUCE NIVEN

    False imprisonment and assault by pointing a gun warrants have been served on a South Carolina man arrested last weekend on charges of impersonating a law enforcement officer.
    Joshua Daniel Suggs, 26, of Peacock Lane, Loris, South Carolina, was arrested at the Columbus County Law Enforcement Center Wednesday, and released after posting a $1,500 bond, jail records show.
    New charges are related to an encounter inside the Home Run convenience store on Seven Creeks Hwy in Nakina after 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 17, when Suggs allegedly approached Richard A. Haynes, 24, who lives on the same highway.
    Suggs is accused of presenting himself as a law enforcement officer to Hayes, taking him outside the store, showing a badge and pulling a handgun on him, sheriff’s spokeswoman Michelle Tatum said.
    Suggs was also charged during the weekend on a second count of impersonating an officer after an SUV with flashing lights pulled over Michael A. Porcelli, 39, of Bug Hill Road, Nakina, on Swamp Fox Hwy.
    Suggs was an employee of Donnell and Ladawn Bail Bonding of Conway when the weekend incidents occurred, owner Donell Grissette said early this week. Suggs is no longer employed by the company, a spokesman said Thursday.

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