Report: James Island woman severely beaten, held against her will

Published: Jan. 23, 2013 at 6:29 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 23, 2013 at 7:27 PM EST
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JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - A Charleston Police Department report states that a 35-year-old woman was severely beaten and held against her will for several hours at a home on James Island.

Authorities arrested 34-year-old Christopher Mishowe who is accused of kidnapping the woman and holding her against her will for the second time in two years on James Island.

Mishowe has been charged with kidnapping and criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.

A police report states that Mishowe came to the victim's home on Meander Row Thursday night. The victim said she and Mishowe then got into an argument over finances which escalated into a "series" of physical altercations throughout the rest of the night and into the next day.

According to the victim, Mishowe struck her several times on the head and face. Police say the victim suffered a swollen forehead, swollen right eye, swollen lips, and complained of neck and back pain.

Authorities say during one of the assaults, the victim was restrained on her bed while Mishowe struck her multiple times. Charleston Police Department spokesman Charles Francis says police received a call at 1:30 p.m. Friday in regards to a man holding his girlfriend against her will.

Francis says SWAT and hostage negotiators were called out to the scene, and both parties who were involved came out of the town house on their own free will.

The victim was transported to a nearby hospital by EMS. This is not the first time the two individuals have been involved in a possible hostage situation.

Two years ago, police arrested Mishowe after responding to a hostage situation at the same address. Investigators say Mishowe assaulted the woman and tied her up after the two got into an argument.

Authorities say the victim was able to escape after Mishowe fell asleep. Mishowe was later arrested and charged with kidnapping and criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.

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