Sheriff: Man beat woman's face with wooden board

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office has arrested a 40-year-old man accused of beating a woman in the face using a wooden board.

Deputies arrested Springfield-native Michael Patterson on Monday afternoon, shortly after media reports regarding his wanted status circulated online.

Patterson was arrested without incident in Livingston, according to sheriff's office spokesperson Keisa Gunby.

Around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, deputies responded to a home on Skyland Drive where they found a 45-year-old woman on the ground suffering from injuries to her face

According to an incident report, when Patterson went to the victim's home to collect his belongings, he and the victim began to argue.

Investigators say Patterson struck the victim in her face and dragged her to the yard where he continued to punch her.

An incident report states during the beating, Patterson picked up a wooden board from the front porch and struck the victim in the face multiple times while children watched.

The sheriff's office says two adults, who brought Patterson to the victim's home, drove away before authorities arrived.

The victim was flown to Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia. Authorities say the victim suffered broken bones in the face that caused swelling to the eyes, nose and mouth.

Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said Patterson was released from jail on Sunday for assaulting the victim in December of 2012.

"The assault this victim suffered, a second time by the hands of Patterson, is senseless," Sheriff Ravenell said."And for him to beat her so severely in front of their children shows what kind of man he really is. To everyone that knows Michael Patterson or has information about his whereabouts, you would serve this community well by contacting authorities immediately and sending him back to jail."

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