Sumter Police: 5 Wanted for Assault

SUMTER, S.C. (WOLO) – Authorities with the Sumter Police Department say warrants have been issued for five men that were allegedly involved in a assault on a victim earlier this month.

The assault occurred  July 13 on Marilyn Avenue, police say.

A sixth man is reportedly involved in the assault and authorities are working to identify the suspect.

The suspects each face a charge of third degree assault and battery by mob, police say.

The five men are also wanted for questioning in the shooting death of 28-year-old Ante Witherspoon.

Witherspoon was shot to death on July 15 near his family’s home on Dilbert Street.

A suspect in the case, 28-year-old Bernie Peoples, turned himself in to authorities on July 16 and remains at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center on a murder charge.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Dean, Gaillard, Georgia, Peoples and Scott or about the attack and fatal shooting case are asked to call the Sumter Police Department at 803-436-2700.

To receive up to $1000 for information about the crime, citizens are encouraged to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at 803-436-2718 or 888-274-6372, text to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with “TIPSC,” followed by the tip information or go to:, and click on the “Submit a tip” tab.


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