Kidnapping suspect accused of kicking, spitting on deputies

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Investigators say a 44-year-old Mt. Pleasant man accused of attacking and kidnapping a woman at her home, spit on and kicked two deputies during his arrest.

On Sunday morning, deputies with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office were patrolling the area of Lieben Road and Hwy 17 in reference to a wanted subject, 44-year-old John David Barr, possibly driving in the area.

Deputies say after they found Barr's vehicle off Zacoma Drive, they spotted him on the back porch of a nearby home. An incident report states that as deputies were taking Barr into custody, authorities noticed that Barr had blood on his hands and t-shirt.

While deputies were arresting Barr, a female told them that Barr had just beaten up another female and had threaten to kill her.

Investigators say a kitchen knife was found in Barr's pocket.

Deputies then checked the home and found a female victim who had been assaulted and was bleeding. The victim said Barr had assaulted her and would not let her leave her home.

According to the victim, Barr held a knife to her throat and said that he would kill her.

The sheriff's office says as deputies were talking to Barr, who was in the back seat of the deputies' cruiser, Barr spit at and kicked two of the deputies.

Barr then complained of back pains and refused transportation to the hospital. Deputies say Barr later complained again of pain and was taken to a hospital for clearance.

Authorities say while at the hospital, Barr threatened a deputy and a supervisor, became loud and boisterous and yelled obscenities at the hospital's parking lot.

Barr was charged with kidnapping, assault of a high and aggravated nature, second-degree assault, two count of threats to a public official, two counts of third-degree assault and battery, third-degree assault, driving under suspension, disorderly conduct with failure to comply with NRVC.

Barr's bond was set at $508,782.

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