Cops: Woman suffers burns, loss of sight after boyfriend dumps tar on her

Published: Jun. 9, 2016 at 9:40 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 10, 2016 at 2:06 AM EDT
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SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say a Summerville woman suffered burns and loss of sight after her boyfriend dumped tar on her for waking him up.

The Summerville Police Department arrested Allen Bobby Owens.

Owens' arrest stems from an incident on May 31 when officers responded to a home on Forest Circle in reference to a domestic disturbance.

When officers got to the front door they found a woman covered in a black liquid.

The woman was crying and saying,"It burns" repeatedly. The woman told the officers that her live-in-boyfriend, Owens, had assaulted her.

According to the woman, the incident started when she went to wake Owens from a nap.

A police report states Owens then punched the victim in the face and threw roofing tar on her.

The victim reported that she started to lose vision and couldn't see.

According to the victim, Owens also threw her into a wall and a television during the altercation.

An officer said there was a brief moment when the victim was able to open her eyes that the officer was able to see the victim's eyes were swollen, watery and bloodshot.

Police said other injuries included a cut on her arm which was consistent being cut by a sharp object, a contusion abover her left eye, multiple contusions on her right arm and shoulder.

The victim reported that she also felt a burning sensation on her face and body.

According to the victim, she said she feared for her life, and had been living with Owens for over a year.

Officers found an overturned bucket of roofting tar in the hallway and also observed tar all over the walls and door leading the bedroom.

"Once in the back bedroom I observed tar on the carpet, window blinds broken upon the floor, and a busted television," states an officer's report.

While officers were on scene they were told that Owens had contacted dispatch officials and told them he was at another lot at the mobile home park.

Investigators say when officers went to the lot, he was nowhere to be found; Ownes was later found and detained by police.

The victim was transported to Summerville Medical Center where medical staff say she suffered from possible chemical burns and sight loss from the tar.

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