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Carjacking upsets nearby residents

Danielle DelPercio Danielle DelPercio
Conway, SC -

By Brandon Herring - bio | email

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Nearby residents say a carjacking in Conway began too close to home.

The carjacking started at the Sav-Way gas station at Church Street, Highway 501, and 6th Avenue around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. Conway Police say Danielle DelPercio agreed to give a ride to a 14-year-old boy, but once in the car the boy pulled out a gun.

"Sav-Way is pretty close to us," Terrie Faulkner who lives just a block behind the store said. "I can stand on my porch and see Sav-Way."

Faulkner and her husband have lived in their current home for a little more than a year and admit the area has had its problems.

Bullet holes still scar the front of their home from a shooting that happened before they moved in.  Faulkner says she and her husband have tried to make improvements in the neighborhood.

"Everybody's started up with their garden and their yard, putting out flowers," Faulkner said.  "It's been a big change.  The cops have given us compliments that it has changed.  I would have never thought that anything would happen there with all the improvement that we have done. But it happened and I'm so sorry it happened."

Just down the road, church members from Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church were working Monday to clear a lot to make more improvements. Napoleon "Rick" Blakney says the overgrown bushes and other vegetation on the lot had become a hot spot for illegal activity.

"We found syringes, crack pipes, liquor bottles, beer cans," Blakney explained. "[We're] trying to keep it so that element won't move into our neighborhood.  I don't know what we can do about it. We're just trying to let them know and send a message to them that we don't want their kind in our neighborhood."

DelPercio is expected to recover from a gunshot wound to the head she suffered during the carjacking. According police DelPercio drove to Lakeside Drive in Conway where she drove into a median and hit a bush in an attempt to distract the boy and get away.

DelPercio was able to run from the car and to a nearby home for help while the boy drove away in her car, police said.

The boy was later arrested and taken to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia.

Friends of DelPercio set up a donation page in her name. 

You can follow the link to find out more information and to donate: Danielle DelPercio Fund

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