NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston police say they are looking for a 25-year-old man accused of striking his baby's mother over 20 times during an argument on Wednesday night.
According to a police report, officers responded to 2001 Stokes Road around 9:15 p.m. after receiving reports of a possible domestic situation involving a firearm. When they arrived at the apartment complex, they were flagged down at the entrance by the 21-year-old victim's mother, who said 25-year-old Rashaad Lamont Banks had just run off.
Officers then spoke with the victim, who refused to answer any questions and told them she wanted them out of the house. At that time, police said the victim's mother, sister, and aunt told them what happened.
They said Banks and the victim were arguing because Banks thought the victim was "having other men" around their six-month-old child. Banks and the victim have an "on-and-off sexual relationship," the report states.
During the argument, the victim's family said banks pushed the 21-year-old to the ground and struck her approximately 25 to 30 times, also kicking her twice. The victim's family said the suspect then stood over her with a handgun and pointed it at her.
Family members said the victim was able to get away from Banks, but he began to chase her around the parking lot with the firearm, saying "I'm going to kill you…I do not care about the cops and your brothers, if catch you I am going to kill you."
The victim's family said it was about that time when police began to arrive and Banks ran off towards Rivers Avenue. Witnesses said Banks threw the gun into the bushes as he was running away, but police said they never found the gun.
The victim's mother told police Banks was wearing camouflaged shorts and maroon Virginia Tech shirt.
Officers then headed towards Rivers Avenue, searching a parking lot behind the nearby Zaxby's for Banks, but they did not find him.
If you have any information regarding Banks' whereabouts, you are asked to call North Charleston police at (843) 207-0666.