Police have captured Antwan Agurs, labeled Rock Hill’s “most wanted” for his suspected role in a string of recent shootings.
The arrest Tuesday afternoon capped an intense manhunt that involved street crimes and patrol units and detectives from the Rock Hill Police Department.
Authorities suspect Agurs, 19, in three shooting incidents dating back to December.
Police turned up the pressure in recent weeks, publishing Agurs’ photograph and allegations against him in an advertisement in The Herald and running public service ads urging Agurs to surrender before the violence gets worse.
A Crimestoppers tip led police to a house on Gilmore Street in south Rock Hill’s College Downs neighborhood, where officers took Agurs into custody, said Lt. Brad Redfearn.
Agurs faces 13 charges involving assault and battery with intent to kill, armed robbery, weapons violations and criminal conspiracy, police said.
“It was nice to get him off the streets for the safety of the community,” said Redfearn. “We have been looking for him.”
Agurs was booked at the Rock Hill city jail. A bond hearing is scheduled for today.
The rash of gun violence frightened neighbors and prompted concern over the safety of children and the elderly.
Police had trouble because no one with information about Agurs was willing to talk.
That changed when a phone call came into Crimestoppers, the anonymous tip line people can use to communicate with police.
“The media did its job of putting it out in front of the people,” said Lt. Mike Baker, York County’s Crimestoppers coordinator. “Crimestoppers did its job offering rewards for people who call. And the officers did their job. It all came together.”
Agurs was charged in connection with a shooting on Taylor Street in which a man was shot in the back. The suspect was on a bicycle, police said.
Police also charged Agurs for incidents in December – two in the same day – on Carolina Avenue Extension and Russell Street. A man was shot in the back in the Russell Street incident.
Agurs is alleged to have stolen $15, some change and a fake chain in these robberies.
Agurs’ criminal record, according to the State Law Enforcement Division, amounts to a conviction last year for disturbing schools after a fight at South Pointe High School.
The fight involved several students and required the school resource officer and staff to break up.