Crime & Courts

Rock Hill man accused of trying to sell stolen phone back to owner, assaulting officers during arrest


A man suspected of stealing someone’s phone and trying to resell the phone to the owner is also accused by police of giving officers a false name and assaulting officers while resisting arrest, according to Rock Hill Police records.

Quavis Ponds, 21, was charged Tuesday with petty larceny, giving false information to police, damage to personal property, third-degree assault and battery and two counts of resisting arrest, police records show. He was in Rock Hill city jail still on Wednesday, with a $31,445 bond.

Ponds is accused of assaulting a 64-year-old man at a Celanese Road gas station late Tuesday night, according to the police incident report. When officers arrived and spoke to the older man, they noted he was bleeding from several cuts on his head. The man told officers his phone had been stolen last Wednesday.

After his phone was taken, the man claims he replaced the device but later received a text from someone telling him he could pick up his phone at a business on Riverchase Boulevard for $200, the police report states. A witness also told officers this week, according to police, that Ponds took the man’s phone in an attempt to get get money from the owner.

When the two met outside a restaurant in Rock Hill Tuesday and the phone owner confronted Ponds, the man claims Ponds punched him in the face, according to police records. Officers accuse Ponds of then grabbing the stolen phone from his back pocket and hitting the man in the face with it.

Later, police say Ponds’ fiancee told officers Ponds came home recently with a cellphone that he tried to sell on the Internet and to friends.

Witnesses corroborated the victim’s story, the police report states. Police records show officers detained Ponds on scene and say he smelled of alcohol and gave them his brother’s name and date of birth when asked for identification.

Ponds is accused of then struggling with officers when they tried to arrest him and he was able to get out of the patrol car when an officer tried to shut the door, according to the report. Officers allege he kicked them in the belt, elbow, knee and chest.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala