Man accused of kidnapping, assaulting girlfriend

Michael Darron Lyde, 27, of Johns Island, was charged with kidnapping and simple assault. (Provided)

A man kidnapped his girlfriend and forced her to a downtown Charleston park where she was pushed to the ground before a passerby intervened early this morning, according to an incident report.

Michael Darron Lyde, 27, of Johns Island was charged with kidnapping and simple assault by Charleston police.

Lyde plucked his girlfriend from an apartment on North Romney Street, telling her “don’t make me do this in front of your friends,” the report stated.

As Lyde drove toward Waterfront Park, the woman tried opening the car door while stopped at a red light, but Lyde held her inside, tearing a button off her shirt, according to an incident report.

When the pair arrived at the park, Lyde put the woman in a headlock and walked her to the end of the pier, the report stated.

A witness then saw the woman hit the ground and approached the pair to check on the woman before police arrived, according to the report.

The woman showed police scratch marks across her chest and neck she said were done by Lyde, the report stated.

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