Goose Creek -- Police have arrested three teenagers in what officials describe as a scheme to fire blank rounds of ammunition at a 17-year-old Stratford High School student, assaulting and intimidating him.
All three were arrested Friday and face charges of stalking, conspiracy and conspiracy to commit kidnapping, police said.
The case began around 5 p.m. May 31, when the Berkeley County Sheriff Office's selective enforcement team encountered two people in a Ford Mustang on Miami Road near Temple Road in the College Park subdivision.
Deputies found a white trash bag in the woods where one of them had been walking. It contained:
--Five 30-round magazines for an AR-15, a military-style rifle, each loaded with several rounds of blank ammunition.
--A clear bag containing one live .223-caliber round, Tang drink mix and a U.S. Postal Service key.
--Several sets of plastic cable straps fashioned as handcuffs.
--Various articles of clothing, including a tactical vest and combat pants.
--A black military-style knife.
No rifle was found, but one of the suspects described seeing an AR-15 with a grenade launcher, a shotgun and ammunition and grenades inside an area home.
The deputies notified the Goose Creek Police Department, and their joint investigation interviewed several others and eventually concluded that the two teenage males in the Mustang, as well as a teenage girl, planned to accost the Stratford student.
Police on Monday only released the name of one suspect, Patrick Coxe, 17, of Goose Creek.
Coxe received a $50,000 bond and was taken to the Hill-Finklea Detention Center in Moncks Corner.
Police withheld the names of the two Ladson 16-year-olds.
Police said both were charged as adults, received $100,000 bonds and were taken to the Department of Juvenile Justice. The 16-year-old male also faces a charge of damaging private property in an unrelated case.
Coxe told police someone planned to enter Stratford High and hold a 17-year-old student in the bathroom "while he fired off the blank rounds to scare him," according to an incident report.
Goose Creek police said their investigation is ongoing "and no further public comment will be made."
A spokeswoman for the Berkeley County School District did not return messages left Monday evening.
It could not be determined how many of the teens are also Stratford High students.
Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771.