Charleston police say man choked girlfriend while child watched

Stephan Aiken, 27, is charged with an assault on his girlfriend at her Flood Street apartment.

A North Charleston man police say beat his girlfriend while their child watched was arrested today.

Charleston police put out a media alert today for Stephan Montrell Aiken, 27. His last known address was on Alfonzo Circle in North Charleston. Aiken was arrested this afternoon and is being held at the Charleston County jail, police spokesman Charles Francis said

Aiken’s girlfriend said he assaulted her about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday in her Flood Street apartment. She told police Aiken struck her in the face, choked her, then hit her with a wooden chair while their child watched, according to the incident report.

She said she broke free and locked herself in the bedroom, and Aiken started stabbing the bedroom door with a kitchen knife. She said escaped through a window and called police from a neighbor’s house, according to the report.