NEWBERRY COUNTY — Matthew LeGrande Jackson, 28, whose last known address was 360 Water Works Road, Johnston, was arrested after a day long manhunt Thursday. Jackson was involved in a stabbing incident Wednesday night at the SCE&G Sunset Boat Landing on Lake Murray.
Deputies worked through the day and into the night searching for Jackson. A deputy received a tip that Jackson was hiding in Sumter. The deputy then worked with Sumter authorities, and Jackson was taken into custody.
Jackson was transported back to Newberry Friday for a bond hearing.
“We are in a mobile society now, and it used to be criminals stayed close to home, now they’ll flee. It is important we maintain good working relationships, and fortunately we have good relationships with the City of Sumter Police and the Sumter County Sheriff’s Department. We had a tip he (Jackson) was in Sumter and were able to jump on it quick and get him before he moved to the next great adventure,” said Sheriff Lee Foster.
Also taken into custody was Jackson’s mother, Sheila Jackson Norton, 48. She was arrested by Newberry County Sheriff’s deputies Thursday night as an accomplice to the incident. Norton was at the scene of the incident and aided in the flight of Jackson.
The incident in question occurred at the SCE&G Boating Ramp and Park, where Jackson and the victim were with separate groups. Jackson and the victim became involved in an argument and were separated by others attending the park.
Jackson left the park and returned with his mother. Norton and Jackson confronted the victim and the others, Jackson then stabbed the victim several times. Norton also participated in the assault and attempted to hit one of the party with a motor vehicle.
The victim was transported to Newberry County Memorial Hospital and then to a Columbia area hospital for his injuries.
According to Foster, Jackson has an extensive criminal record. A South Carolina Law Enforcement background check of Jackson shows he has had multiple charges of assault and battery, from multiple counties.
Foster complimented the investigating deputies for the investigation and the search for Jackson.
”It was necessary to get someone off the streets that is dangerous to the serenity of our community,” he said.
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