Georgetown Co. man charged after admitting false story of panther attack

HEMINGWAY, SC (WCSC) - Georgetown County deputies have charged a Hemingway man who they say falsely reported to being dragged in a ditch and attacked by a "large black cat.”

Rickey Wesley Lynch, 33, has been charged with one count each of breach of peace and filing a false report. After investigating the incident, deputies learned that Lynch’s report of being attacked by a cat was false.

That report prompted deputies to search the area for hours looking for the cat.

The victim told deputies that a “large black cat” dragged him into a ditch as he was walking along Dennis Drive toward Willard Loop.

The victim said he saw a cub cross the road just before he felt something grab his pants leg and drag him to the ground.

According to the victim, the animal ripped his shirt sleeve off before walking away and making a “crying noise.”

“He said the animal was a black colored oversized cat-like animal approximately waist high with a tail that dragged the ground,” GCSO officials said.

Georgetown County Sheriff’s spokesperson Brenda Brantley said the man admitted the story was false and was being interviewed at the sheriff’s office.

Rickey Wesley Lynch ( Source: Georgetown County Sheriff's Office)
Rickey Wesley Lynch ( Source: Georgetown County Sheriff's Office)

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