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Posted on: September 3, 2019

Snake-throwing carjacker identified; new details released including snake’s fate

A 29-year-old woman remains behind bars today following Friday night’s carjacking and reckless driving through downtown Greenville. The pursuit included the suspect crashing through the barricaded site for the Liberty Bridge Jump-Off, which was being set-up for Saturday’s event. The suspect continued speeding through the city before colliding with a moving vehicle, which disabled the stolen SUV. She was quickly arrested by GPD officers.

As the suspect, Hilmary Moreno-Berrios of 2900 E. North Street in Greenville, was being taken into custody, she complained of an injured shoulder and was taken to an area medical facility for treatment. Moreno-Berrios remained under a doctor’s care for psychiatric testing and evaluation through the weekend.

Remarkably, no other injuries were reported.

This morning, Moreno-Berrios was released from medical care and GPD officers served her with two (2) arrest warrants for: 1) Carjacking; and 2) Malicious Damage to Personal Property. The Malicious Damage warrant stems from the destruction of equipment and other property contained within in the Liberty Bridge Jump-Off event site, which is estimated to be approximately $17,225.

Additionally, Moreno-Berrios was issued five (5) traffic citations for: 1) Hit and Run; 2) Failure to Stop for Blue Lights; 3) Resisting Arrest; 4) Driving on a Closed Street; and 5) Reckless Driving.

Moreno-Berrios was arraigned this morning and remains at the Greenville County Detention Center on a $25,000 bond.

The bizarre incident garnered widespread community attention not only for the chase through the heavily-populated route the suspect traveled, but also because Moreno-Berrios carjacked the Honda CR-V by throwing sticks and what turned out to be a live, non-venomous black snake at the victim.

Timeline of Events Friday Night:

• At approximately 8:20 p.m. on Friday, July 5, GPD patrol officers were dispatched to a carjacking incident in the parking lot at Caledon Apartments located at 833 Caledon Court in Greenville.

• Officers arrived on scene at approximately 8:26 p.m. and began gathering information about the incident from the victim.

• The victim told officers at the scene that her silver, 2005 Honda CR-V had been forcibly taken by a short, Hispanic female subject.

• The victim said the suspect swatted at her with several wooden sticks before throwing a live, black snake at her in an effort to get her car keys.

• The victim also stated the suspect struck her in the head with her hand.

• At 8:29 p.m., an GPD officer assigned to a special event on S. Main Street advised GPD dispatch that a silver Honda CR-V had driven through the event barriers.

o These barriers were in place at the intersection of Falls Park Drive and S. Main Street due to a crew setting up for the Liberty Bridge Jump-Off, a pole vaulting exhibition scheduled for Saturday, July 6.

• The suspect then drove onto the sidewalk and back on to the roadway near the Main Street Bridge.

• As the suspect vehicle drove through the barriers at the other end of the event site, another officer assigned to the event attempted to perform a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle.

• The suspect refused to stop.

• The suspect turned right from S. Main Street on to East Broad Street.

• A brief vehicular pursuit ensued, which culminated in the suspect vehicle colliding with an occupied civilian vehicle on Spring Street at East Court Street.

• Moreno-Berrios then exited the passenger side of the stolen SUV and fled on foot toward a very short distance toward a church doorway.

o She attempted to gain entry to the church before being stopped by the pursuing officer.

• The suspect was extremely combative but multiple officers arrived.

o Only minimum force was needed to subdue the suspect and secure her into a patrol vehicle.

• The suspect was initially taken to the Greenville County Detention Center.

o After complaining of arm/shoulder pain, she was transported to an area medical facility for evaluation.

• GPD officers verified that the suspect from the pursuit was the same suspect from the carjacking and the vehicle the subject was driving was the stolen vehicle.

Snake Update:

Due to the fact that the snake was alive and non-venomous, GPD officers released it into the woods adjacent to the apartment complex.

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