Trio accused of breaking nozzles after jumping into downtown fountain

Published: Oct. 7, 2013 at 8:28 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 8, 2013 at 12:26 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Three people are behind bars accused of jumping into a downtown fountain and breaking its nozzles.

The Charleston Police Department charged 23-year-old Jesse James Disher,  20-year-old Thomas Davis Watts and 19-year-old Danielle Page White with damage to real property.

On Saturday at 4:40 a.m., officers responded to Marion Square in reference to three people wading in the fountain.

A city worker said when he arrived to do routine maintenance, he saw three people in the fountain. According to the city worker, the three people broke the fountain nozzles while they were in the fountain.

The witness said when he approached the fountain, the three suspects took off in different directions. An officer then spotted three people, who matched the descriptions of the suspects with wet clothing, walking on Wentworth Street.

When asked where they were coming from and why they were wet, Disher said,"We just came straight from Folly Beach, right down the road."

Investigators then asked the three suspects if they had been at the fountain in Marion Square. The suspects said they were not in the fountain, and said they were on their way to a pharmacy to get cigarettes.

The witness then positively identified the three suspects as the people who were in the fountain.

When police asked the suspects a second time if they had been in the fountain, Watts said,"Yea, we did, I thought it was like the fountain at waterfront park that you could get in."

A police report states the other two suspects admitted they were in the fountain, but did not realize it was illegal.

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