Burglary suspect charged after standoff in McColl, attempted escape

MARLBORO COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A McColl burglary suspect has been charged for a variety of crimes on many different cases over the past few weeks after a SWAT standoff at a McColl residence and an unsuccessful escape attempt from the McColl Police Department.

Richard Lee Johnson, 41, was arrested and charged with first-degree burglary, damage to property and larceny, according to a news release from the Marlboro County Sheriff's Office. These charges are in connection with a burglary on Academy road in Bennettsville on August 15. The victim found the front door of the residence kicked in, and electronics and other items missing.

MCSO investigators issued numerous search warrants in McColl and Scotland County, and recovered some of the property, including property from theft in McColl.

The MCSO received a tip on Thursday that Johnson was at a residence in McColl and surrounded the house, the release states. Johnson barricaded himself in the home. Authorities were informed that there were numerous weapons inside the house, and they requested assistance from the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office SWAT unit.

Johnson was taken into custody a short time later, the release states, and taken to the McColl police Department. He tried to escape, but was unsuccessful.

Bond for Johnson was denied at a hearing on Friday at the Marlboro County Magistrate Office, the release states.

While Johnson was at the MCSO, he was caught with two items that could possible harm an officer or himself, or aid in his escape, officials stated. He was also charged with possession of contraband.

Authorities said Johnson has a lengthy criminal record.

"I'd like to thank the McColl Police, Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office and Marlboro County and McColl EMS and Fire for all the assistance and teamwork yesterday to end this peacefully and solve numerous cases," MCSO Chief Deputy Charles Lemon said.

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