Report: Man attacked woman with knife, threatened deputies

John D. Barr, 44, of Periwinkle Drive in Mount Pleasant, is accused of threatening to kill a woman with a knife, Charleston County deputies said.

A Mount Pleasant man who threatened to kill a woman with a knife also kicked and spit at authorities while being placed under arrest, Charleston County deputies say.

Deputies on Sunday were patrolling Lieben Road and Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant about 8 a.m. concerning a wanted man driving in the area, an incident report states.

The wanted man, John D. Barr, 44, of Periwinkle Drive in Mount Pleasant, and his vehicle were spotted outside a home on Zacoma Drive, Maj. Jim Brady said.

Deputies were familiar with Barr and knew that his driver’s license was suspended due to several unpaid traffic tickets, Brady said.

Deputies approached Barr and noticed that he had blood on his hands and T-shirt. Barr did not appear to have any visible injuries, Brady said.

A distraught and bloodied woman inside the home told deputies that Barr held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her. A kitchen knife was found in Barr’s pocket, Brady said.

Barr kicked and spit at deputies as they questioned him from inside a cruiser, Brady said. The man later complained of back pains, but refused help from paramedics, Brady said.

Deputies transported Barr to a Mount Pleasant hospital for medical clearance. While there, he threatened and cursed at deputies in the hospital’s parking lot, Brady said.

Barr is being held at the Charleston County jail on charges of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, second-degree assault and battery, three counts of third-degree assault and battery, disorderly conduct, two counts of threatening the life of a public official, kidnapping and third-offense driving under suspension. His bail was set at a total of $508,782.