UNION, SC (WSPA) – Deputies say a man broke into a Union County house and vandalized it before severely beating the owner when she came home on Sunday.
The Union County Sheriff’s Office says Montel Jennings turned himself in to deputies Monday afternoon. Jennings is charged with domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, burglary, and vandalism of property.
The victim found her home vandalized. According to an incident report, a refrigerator was turned over and its contents spilled on the floor. Condiments were splattered all over the floors and walls. Electronics in each room were damaged and mirrors were broken. When the victim turned to leave, Jennings reportedly grabbed her and began punching her and stomping on her.
The report also states that Jennings began choking her before leaving the house.
Deputies say the door was kicked in and $10,000 worth of damage was done to the home.
The report states that Jennings’ girlfriend, Victoria Heath, has been charged with accessory after the fact. Deputies say she drove Jennings back to his home following the assault.
Heath, 24, of Blacksburg, told deputies that Jennings said he was going to kill the victim. Heath said she told Jennings to stop and that he threatened to beat her if she called the police.
The victim was taken to the hospital for her injuries.
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