Police capture assault suspect

CLEMSON — Police arrested a man suspected of assaulting a woman and trying to steal from her apartment after asking for the public’s help in finding him.

Clemson police chief Jimmy Dixon issued a news release last week saying officers were “desperately” looking for Charnel Wayne Johnson, 35, of Pickens.

Shortly after midnight on Aug. 20, Pickens County sheriff’s deputies were able to find and arrest Johnson.

“The assistance of (sheriff Rick Clark) and his personnel cannot go understated in searching for Johnson,” Dixon said.

Johnson, who is currently being held at the Pickens County Detention center without bond, was charged with first-degree burglary and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature in connection with an incident earlier this month.

According to Dixon, officers responded to an assault and battery call at Falls Landing Apartments on Old Central Road at around 8:45 p.m. on Aug. 9.

A female victim told police she was outside her apartment when someone came from behind her and dragged her inside her apartment. Once inside the apartment, the victim said she was choked until she was unconscious.

When she regained consciousness, she told officers, she saw a man inside the apartment attempting to steal a television. She said the man ran from the apartment after realizing she was conscious

After an investigation, warrants were issued for Johnson.