A 29-year-old Orangeburg man is facing multiple felony charges after he allegedly attacked his estranged wife and her boyfriend.

Corey Bernard Polite Jr. of Eutaw Street is facing the charges of malicious injury to real property, first-degree burglary and two counts of first-degree assault and battery.

Polite remains at the Orangeburg County Detention Center without bond.

Warrants accuse Polite of going to the Super 8 Motel at 3608 St. Matthews Road at 3:30 a.m. Saturday and deceiving a hotel clerk into issuing him a keycard.

He allegedly unlocked the door of the hotel room and then forced his way in by breaking the secondary metal lock on the door.

Warrants accuse Polite of shoving his estranged wife and “threatening to break her face and kill her.”

In addition, warrants claim Polite used a glass beer bottle as he charged his estranged wife’s boyfriend before tackling him to the ground.

The boyfriend retrieved a gun to defend himself, according to an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

After Polite and the boyfriend fought, the boyfriend left the room, according to what the estranged wife told deputies.

Polite then allegedly threatened to break his estranged wife’s face and kill her. She told deputies that Polite said the he did not mind serving a life sentence because he’s “done time before.”

Deputies reported that when they arrived at the hotel room, they found Polite “aggressively standing over” his estranged wife.

The incident report goes on to say that Polite admitted to deputies that he obtained a room key by telling the clerk that he and his estranged wife were married, but that he didn’t otherwise have a key.

When deputies spoke with the hotel clerk, he said Polite told him that his wife was in a specific hotel room. He said that Polite made it seem as though he and his estranged wife shared the room together so he released a temporary room keycard to him, according to the incident report.

About 15 to 20 minutes later, the clerk received a call from the hotel room requesting law enforcement, he said.

If convicted of first-degree burglary, Polite faces up to life in prison.

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