Florence man, 63, arrested for attacking girlfriend over incident from decades ago

Arrested by Sumter County Sheriff's deputies

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS
adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 2/21/18

A Florence County man, 63, was arrested by Sumter County deputies after he allegedly attacked his live-in girlfriend over an issue that happened decades earlier while on their way home from Columbia on Friday.

John W. DeWitt Jr. is charged with …

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Florence man, 63, arrested for attacking girlfriend over incident from decades ago

Arrested by Sumter County Sheriff's deputies

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A Florence County man, 63, was arrested by Sumter County deputies after he allegedly attacked his live-in girlfriend over an issue that happened decades earlier while on their way home from Columbia on Friday.

John W. DeWitt Jr. is charged with second-degree domestic violence for reportedly pulling the victim out of a Honda Odyssey and onto the ground shortly after 3 p.m. while on Boise Lewis Road in Gable.

The victim told deputies DeWitt became upset "about something that happened 30 years ago," according to an incident report from the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.

The report states the victim attempted to call 911 but that DeWitt took the phone from her.

Another couple in the area let the victim get into their vehicle after they saw her "in the middle of the road screaming for help."

DeWitt reportedly started following the other couple's vehicle and attempted to run the vehicle off the road multiple times, the report said.

One witness said DeWitt pulled up beside the vehicle and made gestures like he was grabbing a firearm and like he was going to shoot at the vehicle during the drive to Porter's Grocery on Myrtle Beach Highway about three miles from the initial incident location.

Members of the sheriff's office Community Action Team happened to be conducting a license check at Porter's when the two vehicles pulled up, Ken Bell, public information officer, said.

The reporting deputy wrote that she observed DeWitt standing outside of the other couple's vehicle trying to get to the victim.

DeWitt was detained, and a handgun was removed from his vehicle. He does have a concealed-weapons permit, Bell said.

DeWitt was transported to Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center where he will remain pending a bond hearing in circuit court at a future date. Bond was denied for DeWitt during a first-appearance hearing on Saturday.