Weekend party in Greenwood leads to arrests of teens, homeowner
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 1:18 PM
Six people were arrested after police busted a party involving underage drinking early Sunday morning in Mathews Mill Village.
Kristopher Butler, 17, of 400 Piedmont Ave., was charged with minor in consumption of alcohol, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and simple possession of marijuana in connection with the incident. Dakota Goldman, 17, of 400 Piedmont Ave., Greenwood; Alison Hepler, 19, of 9203 S.C. Highway 246 South, Saluda; Robert Settles Jr., 18, of 230 Harrison Road, Troy; and an unnamed 15-year-old juvenile were each booked on a count of minor in consumption of alcohol stemming from the affair. Claude Smith, 21, of 400 Piedmont Ave., Greenwood, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Police responded to 400 Piedmont Ave. about 12:20 a.m. Sunday regarding reports of fighting and underage drinking at the residence. According to a Greenwood police report:
Responding officers saw several people inside the home and on its front porch when they arrived at the scene, and noted many of the people scattering into various rooms inside the house or trying to flee through windows when police showed up. Officers immediately spotted several minors in possession of alcohol and entered the home, at which time Smith blocked the front entrance and told officers, "You can't come in my (expletive) house."
Smith then told police he lived at the residence and was 21 years old, becoming confrontational and ordering officers out of his house when they asked why so many minors were present with alcohol. The suspect then began to push one of the officers out of the residence and was arrested.
Police then swept through the scene, finding several open beer cans on the front porch and began identifying people inside and outside the house.
Officers noted that Settles, Hepler and Butler exhibited effects of alcohol consumption,but all three denied consuming any alcohol. Goldman and Smith told police they had been drinking. The 15-year-old boy also admitted he'd had a shot of liquor and was placed into custody until he was released to his father.
Police arrested Goldman, Hepler and Settles and attempted to place Butler into custody. That suspect continued to insist he was 16 years old and refused to comply with officers until they called his mother, shouting he could not be arrested because he was a juvenile. When police attempted to search him, he continued to resist. When officers found a small bag of suspected marijuana in Butler's pocket, he grew more belligerent, shouting a profanity-laced racial epithet more than 20 times for the duration of the search. Police later determined Butler is 17.