Ryan Curtis Tolbert
Richard Clayton Bagwell II
By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer
(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Greenville man on 2nd Degree Burglary charges over the weekend in regards to a late October investigation of an incident that occurred on Jocassee Lake Road.
The arrest of Tolbert came as a result of the investigation that also produced the arrest of Thomasville, NC man in the same case after a vehicle pursuit that occurred during the last weekend in October.
27 year old Ryan Curtis Tolbert of Buff Street in Greenville was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:37pm Saturday after being transported to Oconee County from the Greenville County Detention Center.
25 year old Richard Clayton Bagwell II of E. Guilford Street in Thomasville was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 4:37pm Saturday, October 29th after his arrest.
On October 29th, deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division were responding to a call of a reported burglary at an address on Jocassee Lake Road. As they were responding to the scene, dispatch gave a description of a vehicle that left the scene of the burglary with a black male inside.
Deputies observed a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle on North Highway 11. A deputy initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle but the vehicle did not pull over and passed vehicles on a double yellow line while also speeding. The vehicle in question, a red in color box style car, headed toward the city of Walhalla with the pursuit eventually ending on Razorback Lane as the fleeing vehicle wrecked.
Two individual exited the vehicle and a foot pursuit began, whereupon, the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Bagwell II, was apprehended. The passenger in the vehicle was not found, however, that individual was wearing a red shirt and a white hat.
After confirming the victim’s name, deputies determined that Bagwell II did not have a South Carolina’s driver’s license, while also determining that Bagwell II had a suspended license out of North Carolina.
Deputies began the process of processing the scene of the pursuit while also processing the burglary scene on Jocassee Lake Road. Earlier at the incident scene on Jocassee Lake Road, the victim observed a black male inside of the residence. The suspect had made entry into the residence by kicking out a window.
Based upon the result of the investigation, Bagwell was initially charged by the Sheriff’s Office with one count of Second Degree Burglary related to the Jocassee Lake Road case. Bagwell II also was issued traffic tickets for Failure to stop for a Blue Light, No South Carolina’s Driver’s License and Improper Display of a Tag as a result of the pursuit. The South Carolina Highway Patrol also charged Bagwell II due to their investigation of the accident.
Meanwhile as a result of their investigation, deputies also filed additional charges on Bagwell on November 1st in relation to a separate incident. Bagwell was charged a second 2nd Degree Burglary charge for entering a residence on Pickett Post Road also on October 29th as well as one count of Petit Larceny due to the fact that items that were taken from the Pickett Post Road burglary were found in the vehicle that deputies pursued that eventually wrecked on Razorback Lane October 29th.
With the additional charges, Bagwell remains at the Oconee County Detention Center as of 10am this morning on a combined $55,000 surety bond. Also, GPS Monitoring will be a requirement upon release as a condition of a bond.
Tolbert remains in custody also as of 10am this morning at the Detention Center on a $10,000 surety bond.