Man breaks into home, beats occupant
Dorchester County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a break in on Dean Dr., in Summerville. They met with a man who had blood on his face and swelling. Once inside the residence, the female homeowner told police that her ex-boyfriend and father of her children – Elvis Peagler – had broken into her home by forcing the front door open. When she confronted him, Peagler threw her on the couch and proceeded to walk toward the master bedroom where her current boyfriend was. She attempted to spray Peagler with pepper spray to defend herself and her boyfriend but was shoved again. Her boyfriend exited the master bedroom and was assaulted by Peagler. When she called 911, Peagler fled. She told police Peagler had no belongings in the home and, in fact, had never lived in the home.
While police were interviewing the victims, Peagler returned to the residence with the children. Police detained him and advised him of his Miranda Rights.
Peagler said he was willing to speak about the incident, telling police he had been invited in by the female and, once inside, was assaulted by the male victim. He told police to ask the children who, he said, witnessed the incident.
However, when police spoke with the children, they told police they had not seen the incident but had been asked to lie by Peagler.
Police observed damage to the doorframe, blood on the kitchen floor. Crime Scene investigators processed the residence.
Police placed Peagler under arrest charged with breaking and entering and domestic violence.