A man accused of 12 recent armed robberies in the Columbia area was captured thanks to the efforts of a convenience store clerk who chased and beat the suspect with a samurai sword, law officials said today.
The bleeding suspect, identified as Brad Grayland Vinson, 52, was just one of some 25 individuals or small groups who are responsible for most of a recent crime wave of local break-ins, burglaries and armed robberies from Shandon to Blythewood, said Lott and interim Columbia police chief Randy Scott.
Lott and Scott appeared together at a joint news conference to announce a new day in city-county law enforcement relations.
Since criminals know no jurisdictional lines, the 600-deputy sheriffs office and the 300-officer city force are going to be setting up a loose task force to focus on catching and putting behind bars the areas worst, Scott and Lott said.
Were getting killed by burglaries, Lott said.