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Johnston man faces multiple charges stemming from three incidents last year

January 16, 2019

A Johnston man was charged Monday in connection to three separate incidents involving burglary, domestic violence and sexual assault of a juvenile that occurred Aiken in 2018.

Bennie Lee Maxfield Jr., 30, of the 400 block of Park Avenue, is charged with four counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, 11 to 14 years of age; first-degree burglary; second-degree domestic violence; grand larceny, value $10,000 or more; two counts of malicious injury to personal property; and driving under suspension, according to jail records.

He is also on a hold for the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office.

On Sept. 24, Aiken Public Safety officers responded to Kennedy Middle School to meet with a guidance counselor who said a student had reported being sexually assaulted, according to the report.

The counselor said the student reported the assault was committed by a male suspect who lives at her residence, the report states.

Following an investigation, it was determined Maxfield was the suspect involved in the incident with the minor and warrants were issued for his arrest, police reported.

On Dec. 17, A 34-year-old Aiken woman came into Aiken Public Safety headquarters on Laurens Street in downtown Aiken around noon, claiming Maxfield was in her Brown Lane residence and she wanted to turn him in for his active arrest warrants, according to the report.

She also claimed Maxfield, with whom she has a child, had sent her text messages threatening to “physically harm” her and damage her property if she returned home. She said this was because he knew she was trying to turn him over to police, police reported.

When an officer arrived at the police headquarters to meet with her – she had left.

The officer tried to contact the woman by phone, but a man answered and then hung up.

Officer then responded to her residence, where they found the front door open and the woman was not there, police reported.

The woman later walked up to the residence saying she had been at a nearby gas station using the phone to call police because Maxfield had stolen her vehicle after she returned home, according to the report.

She told investigators she left the police headquarters before an officer arrived because she needed to get ready for work, but she came home to find Maxfield on the couch and her television broken, the report states.

Upon confronting Maxfield, the victim said he pushed her, took her keys and then drove off in her gold 2012 Toyota Camry, which had the victim’s cellphone in it, the report states.

Officers found the vehicle abandoned on the 600 block of Saluda Street with three slashed tires, a shattered front windshield, shattered back glass window and a broken passenger side mirror. The car keys and the victim’s cellphone were not left in the car, police reported.

The victim arrived to Saluda Street with her sister. As officers were talking to them both, Maxfield called the victim’s sister, who put the call on speakerphone for police to hear.

Police reported that over the phone Maxfield admitted to everything, stating, “I totaled her car, I slashed all the tires, busted out all the windows – I got the keys and everything. I left it over there by the Sheriff’s Office. I’m about to throw away her keys and her phone. She ain’t got another key so she gone have to get a new ignition and everything.”

Later that day, around 9:30 p.m., the victim called police again, claiming Maxfield had broken into her home while she was gone and had assaulted her when she returned, according to the report.

Officers responded to the scene and reported seeing bruises on her face. She told officers she had arrived home and was gathering items when Maxfield appeared from the back bedroom, police reported.

The victim said Maxfield was angry, yelling at her about calling the police earlier in the day before striking her with a closed fist on the left side of her head, the report states.

She said she attempted to protect herself, but he struck her again with a closed fist in the right eye and hand. After the assault, Maxfield fled the scene, which is when the victim said she called police.

The victim’s sister also showed investigators text she had received from Maxfield stating he was going to harm the victim before being caught by authorities, police reported.

Multiple warrants were then added to be issued against Maxfield upon his arrest.

Officers with the Johnston Police Department located and arrested Maxfield on Monday. He was then exchanged into Aiken Public Safety’s custody on Highway 19 and taken to the Aiken County detention center, where he was still being held Tuesday afternoon.