YORK COUNTY, SC - The phrase “see something, say something” by a quick-acting citizen helped deputies make an arrest Friday morning for Operation Diamondback. At 4:49 a.m. on Gennet Cir. in Fort Mill a neighbor spotted four people in the apartment complex parking lot looking into cars. The caller told 9-1-1 dispatchers the group were carrying flashlights, screw drivers, and backpacks.
When deputies arrived, the group tried to speed off in the car they were driving. When they stopped 3 of them ran into the woods and one was taken into custody. Desane Sinsere Washington, 18, of Summerton, SC pulled away and ran from the arresting deputies, but was quickly re-apprehended. YCSO K-9 tracked the others, but it is believed the three others were picked up in a car by an accomplice.
Desane Washington has been charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting arrest, unlawful carrying of a handgun, and failure to stop for blue lights.
From the one arrest we recovered a stolen Dodge Charger, and recovered two firearms. The case is still under investigation.
Operation Diamondback is a summer long crime suppression campaign to take a more proactive approach to stopping breaking and entering of cars and vehicle theft in York County. So far Operation Diamondback has made 15 arrests and recovered 30 stolen cars.
BOOKING PHOTO: Desane S. Washington