Daniel James Washington

Daniel James Washington

A Holly Hill man has been accused of pistol-whipping his mother’s boyfriend during a July dispute over a vehicle’s engine.

Daniel James Washington, 27, of 728 Sugar Hill Road, was charged Wednesday with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and pointing and presenting a firearm.

The incident started as the boyfriend was working on Washington’s vehicle on July 25, 2017, according to an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

Washington accused the boyfriend of stealing an engine from a vehicle parked in the yard, the report said. The boyfriend said he didn’t take the engine.

The two men continued arguing.

Washington allegedly pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and hit the boyfriend twice in the head.

He allegedly hit the boyfriend in the head six more times, which caused swelling, bruises and bleeding.

The incident report states the victim was bleeding from a cut on the left side of his face near his eye and his left ear.

Orangeburg County EMS transported him to the Regional Medical Center.

Washington appeared before Orangeburg County Chief Magistrate Rob Clariday who set his bonds as follows: assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, $7,500; possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, $2,000; and pointing and presenting a firearm, $5,000.

Washington used a bail bonding service and was released.

If he’s convicted on the assault charge, Washington faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

Contact the writer: mbrown@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5545. Follow on Twitter: @MRBrownTandD

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Crime Reporter

Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 15 years.

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