Traffic stop nets island bar shooting suspect

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Traffic stop nets island bar shooting suspect

By TIMOTHY WOERNER twoerner@islandpacket.com 843-706-8138
Published Saturday, September 22, 2007 in The Island Packet  |  275 Words  |  news/local

A Bluffton man who was wanted for allegedly firing a pistol inside a busy island nightclub in 2005 was arrested during a traffic stop recently and charged with possession of cocaine and fleeing to evade, a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office spokesman said Friday.
Randolph Wiggins, 25, had been charged in the 2005 incident with two counts of assault and battery with intent to kill and one count of shooting a firearm into a dwelling. The alleged incident began as a fight with another patron outside Rider's Lounge on Hilton Head Island, Sheriff's Lt. Glenn Zanelotti said.
According to Zanelotti, Wiggins punched the man in the face, then followed him back into the bar and fired a .45-caliber Glock pistol toward the man's head. A single bullet was found in a wall at the business, Zanelotti said.
Wiggins was arrested and posted bond, but did not show up for his court date.
Then on Sept. 15, deputies say they saw a gray Toyota run off the road in Sea Pines Circle. The car was pulled over and the driver identified himself as Ronald Stewart, the report said.
The man told deputies he did not have a driver's license, but Wiggins' license was found in his back pocket when he was searched, the report said. The driver then said the license was not his and attempted to run away, but was caught by deputies, the report said.
A clear, open bag with a white powder inside was found in the car, leading to the drug charge, the report said.
Wiggins was being held in the Beaufort County Detention Center Friday on $11,087.50 bond.