Arrest made in 2012 crime spree

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By Stan Welch

Ask any law enforcement officer how crimes get solved, and they will tell you that it takes hard work, persistence and usually some luck. But every now and then, just luck is enough. That was the case this past weekend when a suspect in a series of crimes committed approximately three years ago just fell into the lap of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

Sunday evening, around 9:45 p.m., central dispatch received a 911 call from someone on Denise Road in the Easley area. The caller stated that he had been threatened with a shotgun. Deputies responded and made contact with Thomas Lee Sekerchak, WM, 31, 6’1”, 215 pounds, brown/blue, of Pickens.

It became apparent to the deputies that Sekerchak was under the influence of some type of substance and appeared to be irrational. A criminal history check revealed that he was wanted on a number of outstanding warrants in Anderson County and he was taken into custody.

The warrants all resulted from a crime spree Sekerchak allegedly went on during March of 2012. During that time, he stole three cars.

On March 17, 2012 he allegedly stole a 2004 KIA Sorento, valued at $4800, from 2501 River Road in Piedmont. On March 28, he stole a 1990 Ford Mustang, also valued at $4800 from 103 Powdersville Main Street.

On March 29 he stole a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche, belonging to one Dwight Ferguson, from a gas station at 2312 Hwy. 81 North. He was apprehended after a police chase. That vehicle theft, and the subsequent apprehension, followed several other events earlier that day; most of which occurred at 244 Chafin Rd. in Piedmont.

During the period preceding the apprehension of Sekerchak, he is accused of attempting to kill his former girlfriend, Jennifer Tyner, by firing several shots at the car she was occupying. He also later fired several shots at Jonathan Kirkland, who was trying to ascertain Sekerchak’s license number as he fled the scene.

He was ultimately charged with discharging a firearm into a dwelling, pointing and presenting a firearm, possession of a firearm during a violent crime, and failure to stop for blue lights.

He is currently being held without bond at the Anderson County Detention Center.