Woman arrested after fleeing in Richmond County police car

Monday, Dec. 21, 2009 1:00 PM
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A North Carolina woman was recaptured early today after police say she wriggled out of her handcuffs and drove away in a Richmond County patrol car following her arrest for a suspected armed robbery.

Ronda Renee Matthews, 37, of Hope Mills, N.C., was charged with one count of armed robbery, one count of theft by taking of a motor vehicle, one count of fleeing and attempting to elude, one count of interference with government property, one count of leaving the scene of an accident and one count of reckless driving, according to Richmond County Jail records.

“She was able to get out of her handcuffs and at some point after that she most likely crawled through the partition,” said Lt. Scott Peebles.

Lt. Peebles said Ms. Matthews hit an unknown object that “caused pretty significant damage to the car” and forced her to eventually surrender after several other patrol cars pursued her.

The incident followed a traffic stop at Deans Bridge Road on suspicion of an armed robbery outside a Gordon Highway Waffle House.

An Augusta man had reported being robbed at gunpoint while walking back to his vehicle from the eatery late Sunday night, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s incident report. The man told police the suspects took $45 from him.

Edward Lamont Murdaugh, 24, of Bamberg, S.C., was charged with one count of armed robbery, one count of possession of a firearm during commission of a crime and one count of an altered identification mark, according to Richmond County jail records.

Mr. Murdaugh was in a separate patrol car when Ms. Matthews took the car, Lt. Peebles said.

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Just Another Day
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Just Another Day 12/21/09 - 02:21 pm
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Just Nuts says;"this man was

Just Nuts says;"this man was only getting something to eat at a AWM restaurant and he was charged for no reason. The non minority media wastes their time with hungry people and focuses on meaningless stories. this kkinda of sensational journalism only benefits you know who and the Seattle Supersonics. The AWM will not stop untill they fill this world with hate and bile. Great country eh?"

andywarhol
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andywarhol 12/21/09 - 02:30 pm
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You've got him down

You've got him down perfectly.

JohnTaurus
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JohnTaurus 12/21/09 - 03:15 pm
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Why do I feel as if I have

Why do I feel as if I have been trampled....by a herd of elephants??

speedy6492
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speedy6492 12/21/09 - 04:01 pm
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Just another day, are you off

Just another day, are you off you meds?

speedy6492
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speedy6492 12/21/09 - 04:02 pm
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Just Another Day, are you off

Just Another Day, are you off your meds?

waugusta92
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waugusta92 12/21/09 - 04:28 pm
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no, speedy. see, Just Another

no, speedy. see, Just Another is really just another HB who lives in Augusta with so much time on his hands, he can reload AC all day and be the first to comment with his idea of a joke. i mean, we can all tell he's one of those guys who sits at the table and drags out a joke for so long that no one is even laughing anymore. lonely? desperate? who knows. so pathetic that it's almost sad? indeed. i just ignore him. he reminds me of the elderly adults i volunteered with back in HS. :-( poor thing

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 12/21/09 - 04:32 pm
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Actually, he's busting on

Actually, he's busting on someone who only posts racist garbage on almost every thread on the AC. I enjoy his creative mockery!

fishman960
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fishman960 12/21/09 - 05:27 pm
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He has him down to a J.

He has him down to a J.

fishman960
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fishman960 12/21/09 - 05:31 pm
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Anybody been to the RCSD

Anybody been to the RCSD website to check these two out? Might surprise you.

RIPAmerica
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RIPAmerica 12/21/09 - 05:59 pm
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Dear waugusta92: I can (and

Dear waugusta92: I can (and do) monitor and post on these boards from everywhere in the CSRA via PDA or WiFi. Such free entertainment is not to be found just anywhere. Please don't assume people are like you and must be sitting in front of a PC all day. Have a blessed Christmas.

corgimom
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corgimom 12/21/09 - 06:59 pm
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Gas will come on here and say

Gas will come on here and say "She should get probation, she didn't hurt anybody." Because gas thinks if you commit armed robbery, but don't hurt anyone, then that's not a violent crime and the robber should just get probation.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 12/21/09 - 07:19 pm
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What is a HB waug?

What is a HB waug?

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 12/21/09 - 07:22 pm
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I hope she gets the max! What

I hope she gets the max! What a lowlife.

dashiel
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dashiel 12/21/09 - 07:25 pm
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Heck on wheels.

Heck on wheels.

corgimom
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corgimom 12/21/09 - 07:41 pm
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"Such free entertainment is

"Such free entertainment is not to be found just anywhere. "Absolutely, RIP!

Taylor B
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Taylor B 12/21/09 - 07:55 pm
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Yeah, I have a Blackberry,

Yeah, I have a Blackberry, but I can't see comments until I get home, I hate that!

BakersfieldCityLimits
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BakersfieldCityLimits 12/21/09 - 08:13 pm
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Are there only two

Are there only two lieutenants on the whole police department? What are the rest of them doing out there?

pizzato
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pizzato 12/21/09 - 08:36 pm
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Her picture on the rcsd

Her picture on the rcsd website doesn't look so bad.

RIPAmerica
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RIPAmerica 12/21/09 - 09:43 pm
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Try the Opera Mini browser

Try the Opera Mini browser for your Blackberry. :-)

159ace
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159ace 12/22/09 - 10:01 pm
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Sad Sad Sad!

Sad Sad Sad!

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 12/22/09 - 10:24 pm
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I'd hate to be the officer

I'd hate to be the officer that had her in custody in the car. Ouch. That's got to be embarrassing.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 12/22/09 - 10:24 pm
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I'm thankful the officer is

I'm thankful the officer is okay otherwise.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 12/23/09 - 02:16 am
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Two more violent criminals

Two more violent criminals (probably repeat offenders) that need to be permantly removed from our society. We must take back our streets from those who show no concern for others rights, property or welfare through violent actions.

Runner46
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Runner46 12/23/09 - 09:28 am
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"Woman arrested after fleeing

"Woman arrested after fleeing in Richmond County police car" This sounds like a scene from COPS. And, for all you potential thieves out there, people don't have as much money coming out of a restaurant. Hit them before they eat, and you will score more cash. (You will, however, risk getting mugged yourselves, because they will be hungry!)

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