NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 24-year-old man is behind bars after police say he kidnapped his ex-girlfriend after using a hammer to smash a table and kitchen sink at her apartment.
The North Charleston Police Department charged James Terry III with kidnapping, criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and possession of cocaine.
On Tuesday morning, officers responded to a domestic assault at an apartment on Florida Avenue.
The victim said Terry came to the home and began an argument over visiting rights with their child. According to the victim, after Terry screamed at the victim and threatened to kill her, he began breaking items at the home.
Police say the suspect also took a hammer and struck a glass top table causing glass shards to fly up and strike the victim in the chest causing injuries.
Authorities say Terry also smashed up the bathroom sink.
A police report states Terry then grabbed the victim by her hair while holding the hammer and dragged her to his car. The victim said when she struggled to get free, Terry threatened to hit her with the hammer.
Investigators say Terry drove around for three hours while holding the victim against her will.
The victim played several voice mails which police say officers could hear a male suspect screaming at the victim and making references to "his baby" and making threats to "get my gun and end this."
According to the victim, there were 35 additional threatening messages.
Police say because of Terry's history, including a recent arrest where he allegedly assaulted the victim's sister with a metal object, the victim said she feared for her life and wanted Terry charged.
Officers later returned to the apartment and spotted Terry inside a parked car outside the home. Authorities say cocaine base was found on Terry during a search.