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Graniteville Man Uses Aiken Officer as Human Shield during Hotel Tussle

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A Graniteville man was arrested last week after using an Aiken police officer as a human shield to avoid getting tased.

Rollins Stevens, 32, was charged on June 16 with providing false information, assaulting an officer and resisting arrest, police records show.

The Days Inn manager ordered Stevens to leave the front office several times that afternoon, the report said. When he refused, management asked Aiken Public Safety to place Stevens on trespass notice.

The suspect is an uninvited visitor who shows up regularly and knocks on hotel doors. He never purchases a room and hangs out harassing guests, according to management. Stevens returned for more mischief-making that Wednesday afternoon, the incident report showed.

He agreed to leave when two officers arrived but became combative when they asked for ID to issue a trespass notice. Stevens reportedly told cops he didn’t have to provide anything and stood to leave. Cops told him to stay put and he resisted.

Both officers eventually tussled on the ground with Stevens and he punched them multiple times, the report said. He also slammed one of them into a plexiglass window. Later, he grabbed the same officer by his vest and dragged him across the floor. According to reports, Stevens used the cop as a human shield when he saw the second officer holding his Taser.

Officers eventually handcuffed Stevens, but he resisted the entire time. During his arrest, the suspect reportedly told an officer to “get bigger, bro.” The suspect was described as 5 feet 11 inches and 180 pounds. No injuries were reported. Officers checked Stevens for weapons but didn’t find any.

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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