Crime — Assaults in many forms

  • Friday, November 15, 2013

No booze, no reason

Luke Joseph Westbury was arrested by Summerville Police, Nov. 2, for Assault and Battery, Public Intoxication and Resisting Arrest after police responded to Irongate for a report of an assault in progress.

Westbury was observed, on police arrival, running through the back yard toward the front of the residence. When police identified themselves and ordered Westbury to stop, he continued to flee into the woods where he finally stopped running. He was ordered several times to lie on the ground with his hands out to the side. He finally complied and was placed in handcuffs. He admitted to police he had been drinking.

The victim told police he and his wife had been asleep when Westbury woke him asking for more alcohol. When the victim said “no,” Westbury put him in a shoulder lock from which he was able to break free. Westbury then attempted to tackle him. Westbury also destroyed part of the victim’s C-Pap machine and when he went to go downstairs to get a replacement part, Westbury slammed him into the wall, which broke a table.

Don’t know ‘em, don’t go

On Nov. 1, around 12:30 a.m., Dorchester County Sheriff’s deputies were conducting a traffic checkpoint when they noticed the victim, unconscious in the back of a vehicle with abrasions. EMS responded. Witnesses said they were in the vehicle when a friend of the driver approached them in the Publix parking lot on Central Ave. The individual was only known as “Danny” and he told them he knew where a party was so they followed him to an unknown location on Hwy. 61, in Ridgeville. Witnesses told deputies there were only the four of them and three other males at this party. When the victim went into the house to go to the bathroom, a man called “Tyler” and two other males assaulted him, hitting him repeatedly and slamming his head into the side of the house a number of times.

The victim was unable to stop vomiting but maintained consciousness long enough to speak with police. Witnesses told police the victim had told them he had taken one Klotopin and drank some beer. He was transported to Trident Medical Center. Witnesses refused to give formal statements. The matter is not under investigation.

Even the dogs ...

On Nov. 2, a woman in Sprucewood, Summerville, told Dorchester County Sheriff’s deputies that while walking her dog on Birch Lane, she and her dog were attacked by a large black dog.

She said she was finally able to fight off the attacking dog which then ran off to an unknown residence. The victim told police she was bitten on her foot and hand and that her dog was also injured.

She told police she was taking her dog to the emergency vet hospital but did not want medical attention for herself. Deputies were unable to locate the large black dog.

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