Police report: North Charleston man bashed table, threatened to kill woman with hammer
A 24-year-old North Charleston man is accused of bashing a glass table with a hammer, then threatening to use the tool to kill a woman early Tuesday during a fight over their child.
James Terry III of Hackeman Avenue faces charges of kidnapping and criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. He also faces a count of possessing cocaine base after jail officials reported finding crack cocaine in his rectum during a strip search.
The situation unfolded about 3 a.m. Tuesday when Terry arrived at the woman’s home on Florida Avenue and argued with her about his visitation of their child.
When the argument got heated, Terry grabbed a hammer that the 24-year-old woman had been using to hang photographs and smashed a glass tabletop, according to an incident report from the North Charleston Police Department. Glass shards cut the woman’s chest, the report stated.
Terry then bashed a bathroom sink and refused to leave, the woman told the police. He took her cellphone, grabbed her hair and dragged her to his white Pontiac Grand Prix, the report stated.
He threatened to use the hammer against her if she didn’t comply with his wishes, she told investigators.
For the next three hours, she rode in the car with him. She was dropped off at her home around 7 a.m., but she didn’t call the police until 11:30 a.m. because she was scared, she told officers.
In front of investigators, the woman played some of 35 voice mails that featured a man talking about his “baby” and saying he would “get my gun and end this,” the report stated.
She feared that Terry wouldn’t stay in jail long because his mother is a bail bondswoman, she added.
Officers wrote in the report that Terry had been arrested Sunday on a charge of assaulting the sister of the woman he’s accused of kidnapping Tuesday. The nearly three dozen harassing phone calls, they wrote, began soon after he posted bail on the charge of first-degree assault and battery.
On the most recent charges, Terry remained in jail today in lieu of $110,000 bail.
His criminal history shows a conviction for breaking into a vehicle or tank where fuel is stored for which he was set to serve probation until April 2014.
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