Taijier Isaiah Ellis, 25, from Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey, USA was arrested by the Columbia Police Department in Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, United States. He was charged with malicious damage to property and breach of the peace.
On April 12, 2021, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jonathan pentland, 42, was filmed having an argument with an African-American man named Deandre, 22, on a public sidewalk in the lakes at Barony Place in the Summit neighborhood of Columbia. Deandre was accused of approaching several neighbors in a threatening manner, so a neighbor asked Pentland to intervene.
At 8:30 a.m. on April 14, 2021, Richland County Sheriff’s Department arrested Pentland and charged him with third degree assault and assault and battery. Just after 3:00 p.m. that day it was booked into the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Colombia.
Also on that day, people gathered around the Summit District to protest against Pentland. Later, Ellis was filmed using a baseball bat to smash the lights outside the soldier’s house in the lakes at Barony Place before throwing the bat down a storm sewer.
On May 4, 2021, officers from the Columbia Police Department responded to reports that a man looked into cars and attempted to enter a closed business on Gervais Street in Columbia. At 12:30 p.m. that day, officers arrested Ellis on Gervais Street and discovered he had arrest warrants against the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
“It was the videos, images and information of those present at the scene that helped identify Ellis and ultimately his arrest.” WIS News quoted Richard County Sheriff Leon Lott as saying. “The community has shown that it will not tolerate these criminal acts which violate its right to demonstrate peacefully.”
Ellis was enrolled in the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center after the Columbia Police Department turned him over to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. He was released from prison after filing a personal recognizance of $ 3,212.50.
A judge banned Ellis from contacting Pentland and going to the Summit neighborhood. The first is scheduled to appear in court on May 28, 2021.