Monday, January 14, 2013
A 33-year-old Summerville man is in jail after he allegedly subjected his estranged girlfriend to severe abuse over several days.
According to a Dorchester County incident report, deputies responding to a call about 9:45 am. January 5 regarding a welfare check at a home on Forest Circle after a witness reported that a woman had come into a convenience store and asked that someone call 911 because a man had been abusing her. She had left with a male subject in a white pick up truck, according to the report.
While officers were at the residence, they spoke to the victim, who told them that she had been choked, restrained, and abused by the father of two of her children. The victim, whom deputies described as hysterical, showed the deputies visible injuries on her neck and hands and lowered her pants far enough to show a red handprint on her buttocks.
The victim told the deputies that the subject had come to her residence on January 3 and had threatened to harm himself and had refused to let her leave the house. Over the next couple of days he subjected her to physical abuse, at one point binding her with duct tape and physically abusing her, according to the report.
When he took her to a convenience store for coffee she asked people inside to call 911 and have law enforcement come to her residence.
Officers later found the subject with his truck at the El Cheapo Gas Station on Boonehill Road and when they attempted to detain him he resisted and the officers had to subdue him with a Taser, according to the report. He also attempted to harm himself several times, telling officers at one point that they should have shot him and he wanted to die, according to the report.
He was charged with violation of an order of protection and threatening the life of a police officer. The charges of threatening the life of a police officer were rescinded and replaced with charges of assault and battery, according to the report. He was transported to Summerville Medical Center, then later to Dorchester County Detention Center.
The subject remains in Dorchester County Detention Center; more charges may be pending. The investigation continues.