Two men charged in ‘violent crime spree’ in Orangeburg County

From left to right:  Christopher Pressley and Derrick James
From left to right: Christopher Pressley and Derrick James

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (News Release) — Two men wanted in connection with multiple counts of attempted murder have been charged in what was described as a violent crime spree.

Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said the two men were taken into custody after an intensive investigation resulting from the Jan. 4th through 6th spree.

“These men have proven themselves to be dangerous,” Ravenell said. “We’ve been working this case day and night until we identified out suspects.”

Christopher Pressley and Derrick James, both 18, were arrested on charges of armed robbery and four counts of attempted murder and one count of armed robbery.

Both made appearance on Thursday before Orangeburg County Magistrate Peggy Doremus, who found both to be dangers to the community. Bond was denied on each suspect.

Orangeburg County Sheriff’s investigators were initially called to a Mingo Street location on January 4 where several men reported being shot at by several subjects in a vehicle.

One man said he hid for a while but came out when he thought the gunmen were gone. However, he heard someone yell before someone fired more shots. He was struck in the arm as he fled.

On January 6, a truck driver reported being robbed at Love’s truck stop by several men who had been in the vicinity the entire time he was there. He said a gun was placed at his neck while his robbers demanded money.

Inv. Rob Boyne told the court Calhoun County has an interest in the men as well. Another traveler was robbed at gunpoint at the Wilco Hess station at Exit 139 on I-26. In a release the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office released earlier, they named James as a suspect in that case.

“These individuals simply had no regard for life during this spree,” Ravenell said. “They’ll be paying the consequences now, however.”

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