Police: Man in James Island standoff involved in similar 2011 incident
The same man accused of tying up and detaining his girlfriend two years ago was involved in another hostage situation Friday that prompted a SWAT team to amass outside his James Island house.
Charges of kidnapping and criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature are still pending against Christopher Glenn Mishowe, 34, of Meander Row in connection with the 2011 incident.
He faces the same two charges after Friday’s standoff.
Charleston police went to his row house about 1:30 p.m. after it fielded a call that a man was holding his girlfriend against her will.
Armed with rifles and clad in body armor, SWAT members set up outside the home as hostage negotiators tried contacting the people inside.
Police spokesman Charles Francis said the situation ended about 3 p.m. when both occupants walked out without a struggle.
Neighbors said they saw Mishowe being carted away in handcuffs.
They added that Mishowe had been in the military. His Facebook page shows pictures of men in Marine Corps uniforms and another featuring Mishowe riding a camel.
After the standoff, his girlfriend was seen hugging a loved one before paramedics strapped a brace to her neck and ushered her away in an ambulance. Francis said her hospitalization was a normal procedure, and he would not say whether the woman was hurt.
He said investigators were trying to “sort everything out” and could not immediately say what prompted the distress call.
In July 2011, police said Mishowe held officers at bay for more than four hours before he surrendered.
At the time, Mishowe was accused of tying the hands of his live-in girlfriend and preventing her from leaving. He eventually loosened her restraints and allowed her to use the bathroom, police said.
The woman later went to the hospital and called police. That prompted the standoff at the home.
Mishowe was jailed and later released on a $100,000 bail.
In addition to the charges in that episode, Mishowe was arrested later in 2011 on a count of possessing anabolic steroids — a case that also remains unresolved.