Suspicious trio arrested with weapon, drugs at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza

Lonnie James Childers

Lonnie James Childers

A suspicious trio with a gun and drugs was arrested early Tuesday morning at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza.

A Sumter County sheriff’s deputy was checking local businesses at 2:40 a.m. when he spotted a man walking between bushes at McDonald’s. The man, identified as 32-year-old Lonnie James Childers, told the deputy he and his companions had been asked to leave Wal-Mart due to their suspicious behavior.

Mandi Tyler Madison

Mandi Tyler Madison

Emily Ruth Berroyer

Emily Ruth Berroyer

A K-9 alerted on a vehicle in the Wal-Mart parking lot in which Childers’ girlfriend, 22-year-old Mandi Tyler Madison, and 31-year-old Emily Ruth Berroyer, had been sitting. A search of the vehicle turned up heroin, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and an Armory XDM 9mm firearm which was reported stolen in Marion County.

The trio was arrested and booked at the Sumter County Detention Center.




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  1. Lou Card says

    Give an alternative!
    I drink beer even though I like rum and coke more. Take my beer and I will move up to hard liquor. Give these young people marijuana and at least some will leave the hard drugs alone. All normal Americans look for a way to relax and for me a couple beers with dinner works. When society makes prescription drugs and hard illegal narcotics easy to get/make/acquire, and marijuana a prison term, what do you expect. Keep in mind, I have no doubt that many of the drug users stay away from pot because of the pungent odor and go for grandads OxyContin because it’s easy and hard to detect. Anyone that has their bourbon daily yet condemns young people for smoking pot are super hypocrites.

  2. Linda Rogers says

    It breaks my heart to aee that the 21 year old with those meth sores on her face and with this disastrous 32 year old. Having had 2 stints in prison, when she was 18 and 19, I don’t imagine that he can be blamed for all her drug, etc problems. Back in the day the Dad would take care of him. But her parents could have their own issues.

  3. Robert Basye says

    Drugs ,guns wee hours shopping at Wal-Mart or was it shop lifting planned, good job Wal-Mart clerks putting this trio out , more young Americans making mom and dad proud . Get Armed Get Trained Carry Daily

  4. James Radatz says

    Hopefully, this trio will be kept off the streets for a long period of time. I would suspect that committing a crime with weapon, was occupying at least one of these individuals mind.

  5. LiZa Adkison says

    girls, do you look in the mirror and like what you see??? do you not realize what those drugs are doing to you??? help is available, but you have to ask for it, and you must be strong… am sure your parents hearts are breaking knowing you choose to live as such…

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