Ricky Allan Benvenuti, 23, 120 Cityview Circle, Union, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with assault and battery first-degree.
The incident report states deputies were dispatched Sunday night to Old English Road in reference to a hit and run in which the driver of the vehicle left the scene after striking a pregnant pedestrian. Deputies were advised by dispatch the car was occupied by the victim’s boyfriend and driven by Benvenuti. They were also advised the incident may have been the result of a domestic dispute.
Deputies were unable to question the victim who had to be airlifted to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Witnesses, however, said they had been walking on Old English Road and saw the victim standing near the eastbound land near Old Shetley Place. They said they saw a red car, in the westbound lane of Old English Road, which often visited the victim’s residence. The witnesses said it crossed the center into the eastbound lane and the driver’s side of the vehicle struck the victim, dragged her for several feet and then sped off.
The report states deputies received information that Benvenuti and the victim’s boyfriend were at Wallace Thomson Hospital. They went to the emergency room and spoke to the men and Benvenuti was advised of his rights and agreed to speak with deputies.
Benvenuti said he, the victim, her boyfriend and another man were at a residence at 1946 Santuc-Carlisle Highway. He said he believed the other man hit the victim’s boyfriend in the head with an object causing a large laceration. Benvenuti said he, the victim and her boyfriend then got into his car and drove her home to Old Shetley Place. He said that while there she and her boyfriend got into an argument. Benvenuti said he circled back on to Old English Road and was traveling in the westbound lane. He said he saw the victim walking near the westbound lane and he had to swerve to the left to avoid hitting her. Benvenuti said he then took the boyfriend to the hospital.
Deputies then questioned the boyfriend who said he did not recall what happened at the residence at 1946 Santuc-Carlise Highway. He said he did have to receive staples in his head and that he did have a fractured skull. The boyfriend said he did remember taking the victim home and did not see her again after that. He said that Benvenuti did not hit her with the car.
A deputy then went to Spartanburg Regional where he spoke with the victim. She not only said Benvenuti hit her with the car but that when he saw her he sped up. The woman said she tried to cross the street to get away from him but he hit her.
The man who allegedly hit the boyfriend with a beer bottle said he did so after the man had hit him several times. He said Benvenuti threw a brick at him, hitting him in the head and then together with the boyfriend took the victim home.
The report states the boyfriend and the other man declined prosecution. Benvenuti, however, was arrested and charged with hitting the woman with his car.
Criminal Domestic Violence
A Jonesville man is facing charges after allegedly breaking into a house and beating up a woman.
George Raymond Carpenter, 29, 111 Grove St., Jonesville, was charged Sunday with first-degree burglary and criminal domestive violence of a high and aggravated nature.
The incident report states the responding deputy met with the victim at Wallace Thomson Hospital on Saturday morning. The victim told the deputy Carpenter broke into her house at 123 Annie Drive, Jonesville, on Friday night and beat her. She said she had been with him earlier in the day and had taken him home when he became intoxicated. Several hours later he came to her house and attempted to get in but she told him to go away.
It was then the victim said Carpenter broke in through a bedroom window, said he was going to kill her and began to beat her. The woman said she believed she passed out and when she came to a few minutes later Carpenter was gone. She said she then went to her mother’s house but would not allow her mother to call 911 because she was scared.
The deputy observed and photographed the victim’s left eye and cheek which the report states were extremely bruised and swollen. The deputy also observed and photographed bruises and scrapes on the victim’s left arm and all over her back. The deputy then went to the victim’s home where he photographed a broken bedroom window and a broken chair underneath the outside of the window.
Carpenter was taken into custody early Sunday morning.
More Criminal Domestic Violence
A Union man ended up under arrest for allegedly assaulting a woman at two different locations.
Christopher Lee Rhinehart, 23, 227 Haas St., Union, is charged by the sheriff’s office with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.
The incident report states the responding deputy met the victim at the patrol office Sunday afternoon. The victim told the deputy Rhinehart had assaulted her. The woman said they had been arguing at 227 Haas St. when the assault began. After being attacked there the woman said they went to 304 Monarch Highway where Rhinehart again assaulted her.
The alleged assault took place on June 20 and later that night the victim was transported to Wallace Thomson Hospital for treatment for shortness of breath. While at the hospital, the report states the victim was asked by emergency room staff about the injuries to her face and side. She told them she had been assault and the staff notified law enforcement.
A deputy was dispatched to meet the victim at the emergency room but she said she didn’t know who had assaulted her and did not want to press charges. The report states the victim said she did this because Rhinehart was at the emergency room with her and she was afraid he would jump on her again.
The responding deputy observed a bruise on the victim’s left eye and one on her right leg. The victim complained of soreness in her ribcage area and of trouble breathing at times. She said the emergency room physician advised her she had bruised ribs. Photos of her injuries were taken at the patrol office.
Rhinehart was taken into custody early Sunday morning.
Even More Criminal Domestic Violence
A man who reportedly fled the scene when deputies were called to his home ended up in jail after he allegedly returned and beat up a woman in the road.
Clary Dana Woodsby, 45, 209 Hancock St., Union, is charged by the sheriff’s office with criminal domestic violence.
The incident report states the victim called the sheriff’s office Saturday evening and said Woodsby had assaulted her by kicking and punching her in the roadway in front of 213 Hancock St. The report states the sheriff’s office had answered a call at the residence earlier in the evening and that Woodsby had run from the building. There had been no assault at the time, but the report states Woodsby returned after deputies left and assaulted the woman.
The report states there was bruising and marks on the woman’s knee, leg and arms. The victim also complained of back paid but there were no visible marks.
Woodsby was taken into custody Sunday afternoon.
Still More Criminal Domestic Violence
An argument over a dog that deteriorated into physical violence landed a Union woman in jail.
Patti Dee Cudd, 41, 842 River Road, Union, is charged by the sheriff’s office with criminal domestic violence.
The incident report states a deputy was dispatched to Cudd’s residence where Cudd said she had been arguing with the victim and wanted law enforcement to remove him from the house. Cudd told the deputy they had been arguing over a dog and she got mad at the victim for what he said to the children and went after him to hit him.
The report states the victim said samething, adding that when Cudd came at him she hit him in the mouth splitting his lip. He said Cudd had also thrown clothes and pictures at him.
The deputy observed and photographed the victim’s injury and placed Cudd under arrest. The report states Cudd claimed the victim spit on her and grabbed her and pushed her. Witnesses, however, said Cudd did go after the victim who did not initiate any physical contact. The responding officer also checked with 911 and was informed that in her phone call Cudd had said there had been no physical contact and it had just been an argument.
The followings persons were arrested by the sheriff’s office:
Jason Michael McGowan, 33, 764 Beltine Road, Union, charged Saturday with public intoxication.
Crystal Jean Nave, 27, 129 Nave Road, Union, charged Sunday with unlawful use of 911 and simple possession of marijuana.