Terrance Epperson

SUMTER, SC (WIS) - Terrance Epperson, of Sumter, is no stranger to the law.

This 31-year-old spent most of the 90's behind bars for voluntary manslaughter. Since then, he's been convicted of several crimes.

Now has been arrested, accused of beating up a 70-year-old man and stealing his car.

Sumter Police Capt. Alvin Holston calls it "a pretty shameful situation."

Fresh out of jail, and looking for a ride, police say Epperson took the easy road out, stealing a car from a total stranger - 70-year-old Leroy Reinbold.

The one thing Epperson and Reinbold shared in common was a mutual friend who lived at a Sumter house.

On the night of January 16th, police say Reinbold was totally caught off guard. Capt. Holston says, "He was visiting his friend and been at the house for some time."

Police say Epperson walked into the home, and that's where he met Reinbold for the very first time.

Police say shortly after the meeting, Epperson demanded that Reinbold give him his car keys. When Reinbold refused, police say Epperson attacked him.

Police say the two wrestled and tussled, through which Reinbold's arm was scratched.

Police say then Epperson got the keys, ran outside, jumped in Reinbold's car, and sped off down the street. Capt. Holston says, "One thing that's clear about it, he certainly wanted some transportation."

But he didn't drive far. Two days later police found Reinbold's car just a few blocks from the house. Epperson, on the other hand, "has been what I would consider a very crafty and being evasive from law enforcement. He knows that we're looking for him," says Capt. Holston.

As of April Second, Epperson has been arrested.

Reported by Jordan Sandler

Posted by Chantelle Janelle