North Charleston police arrested a Summerville man who they say barricaded himself inside a woman’s home and attacked her on Tuesday night.
Police arrested Matthew Duren, 33, of Forest Circle in connection with the incident. He was charged with first-degree burglary, kidnapping, criminal domestic violence and violating a restraining order, jail records show.
An alarm activation led police to a home on Nummie Court about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, a North Charleston police report states.
A woman peeked through the curtains of an upstairs bedroom after several knocks on the front door went unanswered, police said.
The woman stepped onto the home’s balcony and police said they noticed fresh blood on her nose and upper lip.
Police asked the woman to come downstairs, but she told them she couldn’t because the front door had been screwed shut.
The woman added that the man who attacked her was still inside the home, the report states.
The woman escaped through the home’s back door with the help of police, according to the report.
When police entered the home they heard a man upstairs making growling noises and moving heavy objects around.
Police said it sounded as though the man was attempting to barricade himself inside one of the home’s bedroom.
Officers drew their weapons and told the man to come toward the stairwell. Their orders went unanswered, the report states.
Police approached the bedroom, and heard that the man was gasping for air. They told the man to open the door, but he did not respond, the report states.
The officers then forced their way into the room and saw the man lying on the floor with a leather belt tied around his neck, the report states.
The man’s eyes were bloodshot, a foamy substance was around his mouth and it appeared that he had vomited on himself, police said.
Police loosened the belt and rolled the man onto his side to wait for paramedics.
The woman told police that she lived with Duren off and on for a year and that they have two children together.
She told police that she and another man were at the home when they heard a noise at the back door.
Duren forced entry into the home and an argument ensued, according to the report.
Duren yelled for the man to leave, the report states.
When he had, Duren punched the woman in the face and inserted four screws through the front door and into the frame to keep anyone from entering, according to the report.
The woman told police Duren threatened to kill her, and she believed he would have if officers hadn’t arrived.
The woman told police she had a restraining order placed against Duren, but he had broken the order in the past.
Police say Duren was convicted on criminal domestic violence charges in February of 2012 and again on Jan. 5 of this year.
He was held at the Charleston County jail Tuesday night to await a bond hearing.
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