Taijier Isaiah Ellis, 25, of Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey, United States has been arrested by the Columbia Police Department in Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, USA. He was charged with malicious injury to real property and breach of peace.
On April 12, 2021, U.S. Army staff sergeant Jonathan Pentland, 42, was caught on camera having an altercation 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, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department arrested Pentland and charged him with third-degree assault and battery. Just after 3:00 p.m. that day, he was booked into the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Columbia.
Also that day, people gathered around the Summit neighborhood to protest against Pentland. Later, Ellis was caught on camera using a baseball bat to smash lights outside the soldier’s house in the Lakes at Barony Place before throwing the bat in a storm drain.
On May 4, 2021, Columbia Police Department officers responded to reports of a man looking into cars and attempting to get into a closed business on Gervais Street in Columbia. At 12:30 a.m. that day, the officers arrested Ellis on Gervais Street and found out that he had warrants for his arrest from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
“It was the videos, pictures and information from people at the scene that were instrumental in getting Ellis identified and ultimately arrested,” WIS News quoted Richard County Sheriff Leon Lott as saying. “The community has shown that they will not tolerate these criminal acts undermining their right to peacefully protest.”
Ellis was booked into the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center after the Columbia Police Department turned him over to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. He has been released from jail after posting a $3,212.50 personal recognizance bond.
A judge prohibited Ellis from contacting Pentland and from going to the Summit neighborhood. The former is expected to appear in court on May 28, 2021.