Editor's note: The charges against Richard Krantz Jr. were dismissed on April 21

 

The Fire and EMS chief at the College of Charleston is accused of presenting a firearm after breaking into a bathroom where his live-in girlfriend locked herself, according to an arrest affidavit.

Richard Krantz Jr., 56, of East Ashley Avenue on Folly Beach is charged with first-degree criminal domestic violence. He posted $15,000 bail Sunday from Charleston County jail.

“Due to privacy issues, we cannot comment on an internal employee matter that is ongoing,” said College spokesman Mike Robertson.

Folly Beach police arrived at Krantz's home about 8:20 p.m. Saturday after receiving a 911 call from a neighbor. Krantz was holding a Glock pistol in the front yard at the time and his girlfriend and her children were at a neighbor's house yelling for help, according to the affidavit.

She told police that Krantz retrieved the gun from a safe in a bedroom where they had been arguing and then she locked herself in a bathroom and her children locked themselves in their bedrooms. Krantz forced himself in the bathroom and put the woman on the floor then walked outside, the affidavit states.

The woman then grabbed her children and ran to the neighbors to call 911.

A State Law Enforcement Division report showed Krantz has not had any other arrests in South Carolina. Folly Beach police could not immediately provide a report on the incident.

Paul Bowers contributed to this report. Reach Melissa Boughton at 843-937-5594 or at Twitter.com/mboughtonPC.