A woman dumped hot cooking grease on herself, then blamed it on her boyfriend in a domestic dispute Monday, North Charleston police said.
Police arrived at a Sumner Avenue apartment shortly before midnight and saw 31-year-old Tiffany Cook standing in the parking lot topless, with ripped pants, and covered in cooking grease, a police incident report said.
The woman told police her boyfriend, Carlos Ulmer, 37, poured the grease on her, struck her and ripped her clothes off when she tried to leave their home during an argument.
According to Ulmer and four children who live at the home, the night’s events didn’t play out quite as Cook described.
The couple’s home was littered with glass following the dispute, but the children told police that damage was mostly caused by Cook as she argued with Ulmer about an upcoming birthday party.
Cook slammed a pot of grease on the counter in anger, and spilled the hot liquid onto herself, according to the children. She then began to throw items across the room, and cursed at Ulmer and the children, the report said.
Police spotted the pot and a trail of grease leaving the apartment and stopping at Ulmer’s car. Ulmer told police Cook threatened to damage his car and spilled more of the grease in a rush to get outside.
The children told police they saw Cook hit Ulmer in the face, which prompted them to hide in their rooms for fear of getting hurt as well.
Police saw a scratch on Ulmer’s right cheek and a gouge on his left cheek and forehead, coinciding with the children’s story.
When questioned about Cook’s appearance, Ulmer told police the woman’s jeans were ripped before the dispute, and she put them on just before police arrived.
Paramedics determined that Cook didn’t receive any injuries from the grease. However, when police arrested the woman, she began to convulse and foam at the mouth.
Cook was taken to Roper Northwood Medical Facility, where she was said to be drunk and in need of rest, but otherwise healthy, the report said.
Cook was charged with criminal domestic violence because of the dispute. She is being held at the Charleston County jail.