Summerville man accused of assaulting, kidnapping ex-girlfriend

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The North Charleston Police Department has arrested a 33-year-old Summerville man accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and screwing the front door of her home shut.

Investigators charged Mathew Joseph Duren with burglary, kidnapping and aggravated assault.

On Tuesday at 9:45 p.m., officers responded to a home on Nummie Court in reference to a verbal disturbance. After knocking on the door and receiving no reply, officers spotted the victim, a 37-year-old woman, peeking through the curtains in an upstairs bedroom.

Officers say the victim, who had blood on her face, then stepped out on the balcony and appeared to be very nervous and shaken up. The victim was then asked to come downstairs and open the door, but said she could not.

The victim said that her front door had been screwed shut and that the suspect, Duren, was still inside of the home. An officer reported that as he attempted to open an unlocked back door, the victim ran downstairs and ran towards the front of the home.

According to the officer, the front door had been secured with four screws which had been screwed through the door and into the frame.

The officer said he could hear Duren making "growling noises" and what sounded like large items being thrown around.

A police report states that Duren continued to make noises after being told multiple times by police to show himself.

Officers say they found Duren unresponsive in one of the bedrooms and called EMS. Duren was then arrested and transported to a local hospital.

The victim told police that it all started when she was inside the home with a witness when they both heard a noise at the back door. According to the victim, Duren forced his way into the back door and a verbal argument started.

Police say after the witness left the home, Duren punched the victim in the face and ordered her upstairs. A police report states that Duren then started to screw the front door shut.

Authorities say when Duren heard police officers outside, he told the victim to tell them she was fine. While the victim was talking to the officers, police say Duren ran up the stairs and went into a bedroom.

The victim said she was in fear for her safety because Duren said he was going to kill her.

A police report states that the victim had lived with Duren off and on for about a year. Authorities say the victim also had an order of protection against him.

Duren was arrested last month for criminal domestic violence and violation of an order of protection.

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