Woman charged in hunt for man

Dean Arte Lampkin, Jr.


MONCKS CORNER -- Police have charged a woman with obstructing justice in the hunt for an armed man who jumped out of a car and ran after an officer pulled him over Wednesday.

Police were still looking for 24-year-old Dean Arte Lampkin Jr. of Cross on Thursday.

They said he ran away carrying what appeared to be a military-style rifle.

Wynter Charise Sutherland, 28, of Moncks Corner, was in the car with Lampkin when he jumped out, Police Lt. Wendell Bowen said Thursday. She was not cooperating in the investigation and was charged with obstruction of justice, Bowen said.

Police stopped the car, which is registered to Sutherland, on Old Highway 52 shortly after noon Wednesday because the windows were tinted too dark, Bowen said.

Lampkin turned onto Shannonwood Boulevard, jumped out of the car while it was still rolling, and let it run into a parked car, according to the police report.

Dogs with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office tracked Lampkin to Sutherland's apartment. He wasn't there, but police found three guns and a bulletproof vest, Bowen said.

Police consider Lampkin violent and dangerous, Bowen said.

Lampkin was sentenced to prison in 2004 for common-law robbery and strong-arm robbery, charged in 2006 with discharging a firearm and assault and battery with intent to kill, sentenced in 2006 for sale or possession of a stolen pistol and pointing a firearm, then sent back to prison in 2009 for violating parole, according to a background check with State Law Enforcement Division.

Lampkin is described as 5-feet-6 inches to 5-feet-7 inches tall, and 150 to 160 pounds. He was wearing a green shirt, dark pants and a green do-rag Wednesday.

Lampkin jumped out of the car in Moncks Corner a few hours after a fatal shooting in nearby Russellville, but there is no evidence that he is linked to that shooting, Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Dan Moon said.

SLED is conducting a ballistics test to see if any of the guns connected with Lampkin match the wounds on the shooting victim, he said.

The shooting victim has been identified as 23-year-old Chad Williams of Moncks Corner. He was shot about 2:40 a.m. Wednesday at 113 Gladiola Way near Russellville.

The sheriff's office is investigating the shooting.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.