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Damar McKenzie

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An Orangeburg man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly beat and strangled his soon-to-be ex-wife and then tried to run her off the road after she left the hospital for treatment.

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Orangeburg Associate Municipal Judge Chasity Avinger denied bond on Damar Donald McKenzie, 24, on Friday morning. McKenzie surrendered to authorities earlier that morning.

McKenzie is facing one count each of domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, second-degree domestic violence and second-degree assault.

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According to Orangeburg Department of Public Safety incident reports, officers responded to a woman’s residence within moments after her call at 3:59 a.m. Tuesday.

The woman reported that she and McKenzie have been married since April but are now separated because of an “increased amount of tension within the relationship,” according to an incident report.

When officers encountered the woman at her residence, they immediately noticed swelling to her left eye and bruises on her left temple, forehead and neck.

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She told officers that when she got home around 3 a.m., she went to the bathroom, where her estranged husband assaulted her while she was sitting on the toilet.

Warrants accuse McKenzie of putting his hands around her neck, strangling her, which caused her to lose consciousness.

She told officers that she remembered McKenzie allegedly saying to her, “Baby, Baby, don’t go to sleep” as he shook her.

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She said that one she woke up, McKenzie allegedly continued to assault her by striking her in the face with both and open hand and closed fist.

The assault spilled over into the adjacent bedroom, where she was able to reach and shatter a window to try to shout for help.

At that point, McKenzie fled the residence, the woman told officers.

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EMS transported the woman to the Regional Medical Center for treatment.

As a result of that incident, McKenzie is facing the charge of domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.

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Hours later, officers met up with the woman again.

That time, she was a passenger in a friend’s vehicle.

The pair drove up to the ODPS substation on Chestnut Street after McKenzie allegedly tried to run them off the road.

Around 9:15 a.m., the driver picked up the woman from the RMC and was on the way to Walmart on North Road to get prescriptions filled when McKenzie allegedly met them just before St. Matthews Road and Hillcrest Golf Course and tried to run them off the road.

At a traffic light, McKenzie appeared to be exiting his vehicle, the driver said.

The driver ran through the red light to avoid him, but McKenzie allegedly followed them to Decatur Street and tried to run them off the road again.

Once the driver and the woman arrived on Ellis Avenue at Chestnut Street, McKenzie allegedly met them there as he laughed and smiled, an incident report states.

The driver then turned left on Chestnut Street and McKenzie tried to swerve his vehicle into the driver’s lane trying to run them off the roadway, the incident report states.

She pulled into a parking lot of the ODPS substation, where she told officers about what happened.

After the driver pulled into the ODPS substation parking area, McKenzie fled, the incident report states.

As a result of this incident, McKenzie faces the charges of second-degree assault and second-degree domestic violence.

If convicted, McKenzie faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

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