The Charleston man who was arrested after a fight with a clerk and a police officer at a North Charleston convenience store Sunday is the same guy who led police on a chase from North Charleston to West Ashley in May.
Peter Jenkins, 52, of Heathwood Drive was charged with strong-arm robbery and second-degree assault and battery after the incident at the Tiger Mart at 3255 Rivers Ave. on Sunday morning. A clerk said Jenkins threw a beer can at her when she told him not to steal it, and police said he fought with an officer when confronted in the parking lot.
Jenkins was being held in the Charleston County jail on $40,000 bail on the two most recent charges.
He was out of jail on bail after leading police on a chase from North Charleston to West Ashley in May after his girlfriend said he hit her with a car.
It’s not clear how his most recent charge will affect that bail. The solicitor’s office planned to check into it.
Jenkins has about 45 criminal convictions since 1979, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.
He escaped from Charleston police confinement in 1981, used a deadly weapon to resist arrest by Goose Creek officers the next year, assaulted a Charleston officer in 1992 and a North Charleston officer a few months later, and led Columbia officers on a pursuit in 2000.
In 2002, he was arrested for yanking his girlfriend’s hair, punching her and telling her that he had a bullet with her name on it. Ten days later, police said he fatally shot a man outside a North Charleston nightclub. Jenkins served part of an eight-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter.
Andrew Knapp contributed to this story. Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553 or twitter.com/dmunday.