Johns Island man accused of kidnapping, assaulting woman

Published: Aug. 27, 2013 at 5:48 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 27, 2013 at 6:50 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Investigators have arrested a 27-year-old Johns Island man accused of kidnapping and assaulting a woman in downtown.

The Charleston Police Department charged Michael Darron Lyde with kidnapping and simple assault.

On Monday at 2:59 a.m., an officer on patrol at Waterfront Park in the area of Vendue Range Street reported seeing Lyde and another man get into a verbal argument.  Police say the officer then stopped the incident before it got into a physical altercation.

A 20-year-old woman who was with Lyde then approached the officer and said she did not want to be around Lyde, and needed help.

The victim said it all started when she was at an apartment on North Romney Street with her friends. According to the victim, Lyde snatched her up and took her to his vehicle.

An incident report states as Lyde and the victim were sitting at a red light, the victim attempted to open the door, but Lyde held her inside. The victim told investigators when they got to Waterfront Park, she was pulled out of the car and walked in a "headlock" to the end of the pier by Lyde.

The victim also showed police scratch marks on her chest and neck which she said she had received from Lyde during the incident.

Lyde told officers that he was having a verbal altercation with the victim regarding their relationship.  Lyde said he and the victim were boyfriend and girlfriend.  According to Lyde, at one point during the altercation, the victim put her hands on him, so he pushed her by the neck, and she lost balance and fell to the ground.

Lyde said a man then approached and asked if everything was alright.

A police report states after Lyde said everything was okay, the man said,"If I see her go to the ground again we're going to have a problem."

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