Woodruff teen arrested on attempted murder charges in Spartanburg Co.


SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Woodruff teen on attempted murder charges Wednesday night.

According to a sheriff’s office report, deputies were called to Franklin Avenue in reference to a disturbance with weapons.

When they arrived, deputies found a Chevrolet Tahoe sitting on Franklin Avenue facing Warren H. Abernathy Highway and made contact with the two people who were standing next to the vehicle.

The two then told deputies that they had been traveling down Highway 221 from Woodruff toward Interstate 26 when a white Buick pulled up behind them driving erractically.

According to the two people, the vehicle followed them on and off the interstate at Warren H. Abernathy Highway, through Academy Sports and Outdoors’ parking lot and then across the street to the Applebee’s parking lot.

Once in the parking lot, the victim’s tried to turn around, but the Buick — driven by Devin Michael Perry, 17 — was blocking him from doing that.

Perry then reportedly pulled his vehicle up to the victim’s, rolled down his window and started yelling at them.

One of the victims was reportedly Perry’s ex-girlfriend.

According to the report, the victim’s then tried to drive away down Franklin Avenue back toward Warren H. Abernathy when they saw the Buick’s reverse lights come on and Perry rammed their vehicle at a high rate of speed.

After the Buick hit the vehicle, Perry then drove away from the scene.

Perry, and his two other occupants, reportedly got out of the vehicle leaving it abandoned.

Deputies later located the vehicle.

Perry and his male passenger were then seen walking back to the scene.

According to the report, Perry said he was the driver of the Buick and said told deputies that the male driver in the victim’s vehicle had made hand gestures toward him and had pulled out a gun and waved it at them.

Perry told deputies that the victim’s vehicle turned around and when he tried to turn around, he back his Buick into their vehicle.

The female passenger who was in Perry’s vehicle then came on the scene and requested medical assistance due to scratches on her leg.

One witness of the incident told deputies that he saw the victim’s vehicle — an SUV — turn into the driveway across the street and appeared to be turn around, and said he saw the Buick pull up and waited for the SUV to turn around.

The witness said he heard arguing and said the SUV started to pull away when the Buick was put in reverse, accelerated and hit the SUV.

Perry was charged with two counts of attempted murder and malicious damage.

He was taken to the detention center.

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