Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office

An Orangeburg woman called deputies to report that her ex-boyfriend  entered her home, punched her in the face and then shoved his fingers down her throat to keep her from screaming for help.

Deputies arrived at the woman’s home at 9:06 a.m. on Thursday and observed that she had heavy swelling to the right side of her face and an injured lower lip.

When officers asked her about her broken fingernails, the woman said her nails broke when she attempted to defend herself from her ex-boyfriend who entered her home without authorization.

She told deputies that she’s known the man for 20 years and they had lived together for about the past 10 years. She said they have three children in common, the report states.

Those children – ages 12, 11 and 4 – were inside the residence when her ex-boyfriend entered the home while she and the children were sleeping. She said when she woke up at 12:30 a.m. to find the man standing over her, she began to scream in fear, the report states.

That’s when the man shoved his fingers down her throat in an attempt to silence her, she said. Next, he interrogated her about being romantically involved with another man, then punched her in the face with his closed fist when he disliked her responses, according to the incident report.

The woman said she attempted to exit the bedroom but her ex-beau struck her in the back of the head with an object he was holding. He then took her cellphone from her, preventing her from calling law enforcement, she said.

According to the report, the woman said the man remained at her residence throughout the night and then fled in the morning when her brother arrived there to check on her because she had not showed up at work.

She told deputies that she’d endured physical and emotional abuse by her ex-boyfriend for nearly two decades, but this was the first time she reported it to law enforcement.

The case remains under investigation.

In other reports:

  • Deputies responded to a call to a Bowman residence on Thursday that someone had stolen thousands of dollars in jewelry, along with a firearm.

A woman called deputies to her Big Buck Boulevard home at 8:12 p.m., reporting that someone had forced their way into her home and stolen a jewelry box full of rings, necklaces, bracelets and heirloom pieces. The suspect also stole a Smith & Wesson .38 Special revolver.

She said the estimated value of the stolen items is $8,400.

  • A resident of Water Tank Road in Neeses called deputies at 8:10 p.m. on Thursday to report someone stole his utility trailer valued at $1,200.
  • Someone shattered the passenger’s side window of a Honda on Wednesday on Sydney Circle in Neeses and stole the following: a black 7mm Remington Magnum, a Milwaukee impact wrench, various Craftsman tools, a bush knife, a machete and a Lelapore rifle scope.

The resident called law enforcement to report the theft at 4:26 p.m.

The stolen items are valued at $3,040.

  • A resident of Clarendon Street called deputies at 10:15 p.m. on Wednesday to report that someone stole her Experian laptop computer valued at $1,000.
  • Several pieces of outdoor equipment were stolen from a Sturkie Street shed in Cope on Thursday.

Deputies responded to a call from the property owner at 10:14 p.m. reporting that the following items were stolen: a Ryobi cordless drill, a Remington 8-inch chainsaw, a 3500-watt generator and a Troybilt pressure washer.

The items are valued at $1,200.

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