JOHNS ISLAND (WCSC) – Authorities had to call out a SWAT team to arrest a man they say was involved in a domestic dispute Tuesday night on Johns Island.
Darrell Anthony Florez, 40, of Johns Island, was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with criminal domestic assault with a high and aggravated nature after allegedly beating his girlfriend at their home on Johns Island.
According to the police report, Florez began a verbal argument with the victim around 10:30 p.m., which escalated into a physical fight.
The argument, which began in a bedroom, moved to the kitchen where Florez pushed the victim to the floor and hit her in the face with a foot stool, authorities say. According to investigators, after wrestling with the suspect on the ground, the victim was able to run out of the house and escape in a car.
EMS transported the victim to MUSC for injuries to her mouth.
The Charleston County Sheriff's Office received a call at 11:52 p.m. stating that a man was at the victim's house with a gun. After arriving at the house they were met by witnesses who said Florez told them if they didn't leave the property that he would shoot them with a gun.
Authorities say Florez refused to come out the house, so police were forced to bring in the SWAT team.
SWAT entered the house and found Florez hiding in a back bedroom. He was arrested and later booked at the Charleston County Detention Center.
Unfortunately, domestic violence is commonplace in the state of South Carolina. The state ranks 8th with domestic violence disputes.
"A lot of people that call our hotline have called five to seven times before. It takes that long for some women to get out of an abusive relationship," said Elmire Raven, Executive Director of My Sister's House.
Since 2008, there have been over 51,000 reports of domestic abuse in South Carolina with 87 of those resulting in death.