Belton police officer suspended after assault charge

BELTON, SC - BELTON, S.C. (AP) - Investigators say a Belton police officer has been suspended without pay after he was charged with assault and kidnapping.

42-year-old David Surratt was charged Saturday morning after a fight at a woman's home.

According an arrest report, a 34-year-old woman said she was held against her will and was bruised on her arm while she and Surratt argued over an ex-boyfriend.

Surratt was being held at the Anderson city jail Sunday. A phone message left at the jail was not immediately returned.

Belton police Capt. Robert Yarborough told the newspaper that Surratt was hired a year ago and the department would be conducting an internal investigation.

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