Oconee deputy nabs suspect of knife threat on Walmart employee

A man wanted on a charge of threatening a Walmart security officer with a knife after shoplifting beer was arrested early Friday outside his home.

A deputy drove by Jeffery Michael Goswick’s home in Pinewood Estates Mobile Home Park off Epps Bridge Parkway and saw him standing in the yard, Oconee County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Lee Weems said.

Goswick, 24, was placed in jail, where he remains without bond pending a hearing.

Authorities charged Goswick for shoplifting two 36-can cartons of Bud Light on Wednesday at Walmart. When store security confronted him, a struggle ensued and Goswick brandished a knife, according to sheriff’s office report.

The suspect then fled on foot and escaped.

Goswick was identified as the suspect shortly after Weems posted a store security photo of him on the sheriff’s Facebook page. A narcotics officer walked into Weems’ office and was asked to look at the photo.

“He looked at it and said, ‘That’s Jeffery Goswick,’” Weems said. “He had arrested him previously.”

Weems said booking photos then were used to confirm Goswick’s identity.

“Our narcotics guy put together a line-up and went to Walmart personnel and they picked him out,” he said. “And there was other evidence as well.”

A warrant was secured about 9 p.m.

A deputy patrolled through the trailer park about midnight when he saw Goswick outside his home. He was taken into custody without incident, Weems said.

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