NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 50-year-old North Charleston man is behind bars after allegedly beating and choking his former girlfriend after a breakup, and then forcing her to give him money.
Officers were called to 3366 Rivers Avenue Monday around 7:39 p.m. in reference to a man hitting a woman. North Charleston police arrived to find the suspect, Donald Rickenbacker, in a vehicle with the victim.
According to a report, Rickenbacker told police the two had "a little argument" and that "everything is fine," but the victim, who was crying and visibly shaking, whispered for the officer to "get him out of my car."
Police say the woman had visible redness to her face, a bloody lip, and complained of jaw pain, but did not request assistance from EMS.
The woman told police Rickenbacker became irate when she told him they were breaking up, and then asked her for a ride to the bus station on Rivers Avenue.
The report states Rickenbacker backhanded the victim multiple times while she screamed for help inside the car. A concerned citizen attempted to help the victim, but was threatened by the suspect.
The victim told police Rickenbacker continued to beat her, and put her in a headlock to choker her. He then reportedly forced her to go to a nearby ATM and withdraw cash for him.
After getting the money, Rickenbacker allegedly told the woman to "drive out of the parking lot or I'll [expletive] kill you." It was at that point authorities arrived.
Rickenbacker was arrested and charged with kidnapping and assault and battery first degree. He is being held at the Charleston County Detention Center.