Car chase leads to multiple charges

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Richmond County authorities had been looking for Gary Lee Murphy since June. The registered South Carolina sex offender turned up Sunday, leading police on an 11-mile chase through North Augusta and parts of Richmond County in a stolen car.

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"We had information that he had fled to Florida or Mexico but I kind of suspected he was going to remain relatively in the area," Richmond County Investigator Tom Johnson said.

Mr. Murphy, 30, of Windsor, S.C., already had been accused of carjacking the vehicles of two women in Richmond County in June. According to authorities, he used credit cards stolen from his first victim to buy clothes at Dillard's in the Augusta Mall, and he was spotted on footage from mall video cameras. After leaving the mall, police said, he stole a black Mustang from a second woman, which was recovered later that month in a parking area at the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia.

Mr. Murphy resurfaced Sunday morning after robbing Mani's Mart on Cary Drive in Beech Island, police said. He leaped over the counter to grab cash from the register, and then fled in a pickup truck, according to authorities.

Hours later, North Augusta Public Safety officers received a report that a man fitting the suspect's description had stolen a car while the victim was getting a drink from a vending machine at Bi-Lo in the Edgewood Square shopping center.

According to police reports, authorities spotted Mr. Murphy at a nearby stop light, but he sped off in the stolen vehicle toward 13th Street in Augusta, where his path was blocked by a passing train. Police continued to chase him through downtown Augusta to Sandbar Ferry Road where he merged onto the Bobby Jones Expressway and headed back to Aiken County. The suspect eventually abandoned the vehicle near South Carolina Highway 421 and Front Street in Warrenville, and he was apprehended following a brief foot chase in which he kicked Officer Chris Toole in the head, according to the police report.

In Richmond, Mr. Murphy is charged with two counts of robbery by force from the carjacking in June. In North Augusta, he is charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for blue lights and sirens, resisting arrest, giving false information and no driver's license.

In Aiken County, he is charged with strong arm robbery. Investigator Johnson said credit card fraud charges stemming from the June incident in Richmond County are pending. Mr. Murphy is being held in the Aiken County Detention Center.

Reach Adam Folk at (706) 823-3339 or adam.folk@augustachronicle.com.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 08/21/07 - 05:29 am
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A 30 year old sociopath? If

A 30 year old sociopath? If he weren't a registered sex offender, he'd probably get a long sentence.

pofwe
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pofwe 08/21/07 - 06:09 am
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Send this low-life to the

Send this low-life to the "big house" they'll have him domesticated & in a dress before orintation. Thie boy ain't no good, right now.

AugustaHeph homeowner
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AugustaHeph homeowner 08/21/07 - 06:54 am
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It appears this man needs to

It appears this man needs to be charged with endangering the lives of others, assaulting a police officer, eluding the system, and I'm sure ther are more, please put him in Jail, not the Detention Center and throw away the key. We do not need thuggs like this on the streets of Aiken, Augusta, or NOrth Augusta or anywhere else.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 08/21/07 - 08:12 am
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Another young life wasted,

Another young life wasted, you can tell he's on drugs from this pic. Betcha he was a good boy coming up and his parents don't know what happen.

Glad he's not dead those would have been some of the words spoken.

WW1949
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WW1949 08/21/07 - 08:21 am
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Without a doubt he is on

Without a doubt he is on drugs. Look at the sunken eves, gaunt face and silly looking bleached hair, He will never change even if in jail a long time.

Equaltreatmentforall
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Equaltreatmentforall 08/21/07 - 09:08 am
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He's ugly, inside and out.

He's ugly, inside and out.

Daddyrabbit
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Daddyrabbit 08/21/07 - 09:14 am
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Nobody said what his sexual

Nobody said what his sexual offense was. Maybe it had something to do with why he seemed so intent to be a realtime prisioner.

Augusta Mom
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Augusta Mom 08/21/07 - 09:15 am
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Well thank goodness they

Well thank goodness they caught him before he caused more harm. Whether he's on drugs or not doesn't matter...I don't feel sorry for him! He had enough sense to take those stolen credit cards and go on a spending spree, didn't he?? He's a thug and no one made him take those drugs. Why hasn't he been charged with stealing and car and transporting it across a state line? I think he's getting off easy...

pantherluvcik
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pantherluvcik 08/21/07 - 09:32 am
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Nobody making the comments

Nobody making the comments about his parents being on welfare or his behavior coming from the lack of a father in his life. That seems to be reserved for black offenders I guess.

mgr
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mgr 08/21/07 - 09:48 am
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panther, what an ignorant

panther, what an ignorant comment.

junizamel
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junizamel 08/21/07 - 10:30 am
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His mom never hugged him as a

His mom never hugged him as a child. I think he needs a big hug from bubba in the "Big House".

RichmondCo_HoodResident
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RichmondCo_HoodResident 08/21/07 - 10:37 am
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Looks like Vanilla Ice on

Looks like Vanilla Ice on crack... Well, Vanilla Ice is always on crack, what else is new.

jack234
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jack234 08/21/07 - 11:14 am
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panther: Thugs come in all

panther: Thugs come in all colors. Lets pray for his family. The family always suffer the most.

woeisyou
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woeisyou 08/21/07 - 11:23 am
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big momma gave him a hug

big momma gave him a hug after he robbed her the other day,,,,pure white trailer trash, bet his mommas on welfare n his daddy was never around for him ....better panther??

Signal Always
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Signal Always 08/21/07 - 11:40 am
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You see anyone taking up for

You see anyone taking up for this piece of trash, Panther? Hell no. You see that when the offender is black. Hey, you wanted to bring race into it, well, it's brought. As a white guy I agree with Retired Army, turn this little crack head over to the store clerk for about an hour, then send him to the state pen for about 20 years.

illini
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illini 08/21/07 - 11:49 am
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Panther is a racist idiot.

Panther is a racist idiot. Just as Signal Always said I see no one sticking up for this fool. White people know wrong is wrong and will not defend him. I have noticed on all occasions when a black is charged it is racial profiling and unjust. It never ends.

remaininganon
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remaininganon 08/21/07 - 11:58 am
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well if i was gonna go on a

well if i was gonna go on a shopping spree , i would have at least gotten my hair done too instead of the do it yourself kit that he used. lol.

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cris5374 08/21/07 - 01:26 pm
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yall are so full of it

yall are so full of it pantherluvcik is right , why isnt any one talking about , he lives in the gheeto,he has no dad, hes on welfare, or the best one, he is borderline retarded . panther was the only one to shout yall out , yea well pray for the family but we gonna lock him up while we do it

Signal Always
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Signal Always 08/21/07 - 01:29 pm
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Can we get a translator in

Can we get a translator in here?

CoastalDawg
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CoastalDawg 08/21/07 - 01:42 pm
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Smitty, that was just plain

Smitty, that was just plain funny! It's always sad when a young person chooses a path like this one has chosen. On the flip side however, HE chose that path and that path will now lead to incarceration. Trust me though, there will be an attorney who will through everything possible out there in an effort to avoid penalties. With the number and seriousness of each of these crimes, he might well set up housekeeping wherever he's sent, Georgia and/or South Carolina. Chances are that he will get the opportunity to experience each states brand of justice. All kidding aside though, something obviously went terribly wrong somewhere in his life. He IS salvageable though by God's grace. Where would ANY of us be without that grace? He will still "participate" in man's brand of Justice, but that just might be the vehicle that saves his life because it seems as if he was hell bent on destruction.

CoastalDawg
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CoastalDawg 08/21/07 - 01:47 pm
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Oops, my posting SHOULD have

Oops, my posting SHOULD have said "Trust me, there will be an attorney who will TRY everything possible out there in an effort to avoid penalties". My proofreader failed me.
Isn't that the American way; pass the buck and blame someone or something else?

american
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american 08/21/07 - 02:06 pm
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I think they need to check

I think they need to check the possiblilities of this guy committing the murder of William Powell a couple of years ago in S.C., he fits the description.

RichmondCo_HoodResident
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RichmondCo_HoodResident 08/21/07 - 02:07 pm
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This is obviously a case of

This is obviously a case of racial profiling. I'm calling the NAAWP.

jack234
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jack234 08/21/07 - 02:30 pm
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lakesidegrade96: I have

lakesidegrade96: I have nothing against you calling but be sure to have your membership card available, or did you fail to join this year? And racial profiling does exist, Bush has admitted as much. Have a blessed day. I wish his family well.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 08/21/07 - 03:02 pm
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illini and signal u are dead

illini and signal u are dead on 100%. This guy is scum and we know it and want him under the jail like anyone else and won't defend him just because hes white therefore those 200 posts of racial name calling does not take place "as much". lol

kiddspur
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kiddspur 08/21/07 - 03:29 pm
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Signal Always -- How do you

Signal Always -- How do you translate this stuff when even the computer can't figure it out????????????????///

illini
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illini 08/21/07 - 03:33 pm
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cris5374, pardon me for not

cris5374, pardon me for not comprehending your incoherrent rambling. I will assume you agreed with me.

rjay
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rjay 08/21/07 - 04:42 pm
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watch and see if he don't get

watch and see if he don't get out on a bond and haul [filtered word]. his parents will feel sorry for him because he is there baby and nobody understands him. `I bet you he has never worked and living off his mother or daddy. stealing every thing he can get his hands on because he is bad. put his [filtered word] in jail for about 30 years at hard labor and i bet he will turn his act around. darn thats right you can't do that because he has rights!

Signal Always
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Signal Always 08/21/07 - 04:50 pm
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I have a crack-headed cousin

I have a crack-headed cousin the same way, RJay. In and out of jail, been on drugs almost his entire life, stolen things, dropped out of 9th grade, and he's a damn 38 Y/O failure. His "enablers" are my grandmother and his mother. My mother and my side of the family have written him off like a tax deduction. Last time he was released from jail he was told by the Sheriff of the county that I'm from that he would put in a good word for him for a particular job. I said that would be great. Good benefits with a city or county job. His response? "It only pays 30K a year". He said his he had to pay for college for his son and his daughter could marry into money. Um, sorry, I know both kids and that's not about to happen. She'll be pregnant in no time and he's not the sharpest knife in the drawer. So, he sits on his [filtered word] all day long leeching off my relatives. He doesn't WANT to work. IMO, let him starve. Sorry, when you guys see me being callous, don't think it's something that doesn't hit home for me.

mable8
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mable8 08/21/07 - 07:13 pm
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A thug by any other name is

A thug by any other name is still a thug...what has race got to do with it? I don't care if the individual is green with purple dots for contrast, he still committed the crimes, so let justice be done. It is amazing that people will continue to defend another solely due to the color of skin. Pigmentation is very thin; underneath it all, we are all ONE "color." Use your knowledge to better this world we live in; stop the perpetuation of ignorance.

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