COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - A bond court judge denied bond Wednesday on some of the charges a Colleton County man faces after allegedly holding his live-in girlfriend hostage for three days.
Roger Lee Peagler, 44, is charged with domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, kidnapping, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and felony possession of a firearm, according to Colleton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Shalane Lowes.
A judge denied bond on the domestic violence and kidnapping charge, but set a $150,000 surety bond for the weapons charges. Peagler will have to go before a circuit judge for bond on the domestic violence and kidnapping charges.
Investigators responded to the Colleton County Medical Center for an aggravated assault where Peagler’s girlfriend told deputies that he held her hostage for the past three days and assaulted her multiple timed with a gun, Lowes said.
“Upon further investigation Colleton County Investigators uncovered that Peagler had been sedating the female victim with traces of methamphetamines mixed with muscle relaxers in her soft drinks to keep her incoherent,” Lowes said. “The victim became coherent after several days and realized Peagler was vacant from the residence and immediately called someone for help.”
EMS took her to Colleton County Medical Center where medical personnel examined her and contacted law enforcement about a patient who had been “severely beaten” with and had bruises that covered the victim’s entire body, Lowes said.
Peagler is set to have a bond hearing on Wednesday at the Colleton County magistrate’s office.
His rap sheet goes back to 2000. This past February he was arrested for domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.
It resulted in a non-conviction because investigators say the victim wanted the charge dropped.