Bradley Thomas Barnett
By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer
(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man over the weekend on multiple charges in relation to a burglary incident.
20 year old Bradley Thomas Barnett of E. Richfield Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 5:30pm Sunday.
Deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to an address on South Highway 11 early Sunday morning in the Walhalla area in regards to reports of a burglary.
Based on the results of the investigation that occurred and evidence gathered, deputies were able to determine that Barnett made entry into the residence through a window and assaulted a female inside the residence while also throwing the victim’s phone and shattering it.
After yelling for the suspect to leave, Bradley hid in a closet while two other occupants of the residence came into the victim’s room. After one of the occupants opened the closet, Bradley reportedly came out and assaulted a male occupant, whereupon an altercation ensued between the two.
That altercation continued until deputies arrived to separate the two parties. The male victim was later transported to Oconee Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Bradley was taken into custody and placed under arrest. While being taken to a patrol vehicle to be transported to the Detention Center, Bradley began to resist and while the deputy was attempting to regain control, both Bradley and the deputy feel to the ground in the driveway. Bradley and the deputy both sustained non-serious and non-life threatening injuries and both were transported to the Oconee Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Bradley was released from the hospital and transported to the Detention Center.
Deputies obtained warrants on Sunday charging Bradley with one count of First Degree Burglary, one count of Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature, one count of Assault and Battery – 3rd Degree, two counts of Malicious Injury to Personal Property and one count of Resisting Assault while Resisting Arrest.
As of 1:15pm, Barnett remains in custody at the Detention Center on a combined $200,000 surety bond on all charges.
The charge of First Degree Burglary against Barnett is a felony that carries a penalty of 15 years to life in prison.
The charge of Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature against Barnett is a felony that carries a penalty of not more than 20 years in prison.
The charge of Assault and Battery – 3rd Degree against Barnett is a misdemeanor that carries a penalty of not more than 30 days in jail and/or a fine of not more than $500.
The two charges of Malicious Injury to Personal Property against Barnett are misdemeanors that each carries a penalty of not more than 30 days in jail and/or a fine of not more than $1,000.
The charge of Assaulting a Police Officer while Resisting Arrest is a felony that carries a penalty of not more than 10 years in prison and/or a fine from $1,000 to $10,000.